PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $587,000 worth of marijuana in two separate, unrelated incidents this past week.
“Marijuana is being intercepted in large quantities in this region both at and in between the ports of entry,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. ”CBP officers at our port and throughout the Laredo Field Office are encountering and seizing colossal loads of marijuana.”
CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility on Feb. 19 referred an empty tractor/trailer arriving from Mexico for further examination. The meticulous inspection resulted in the discovery of 343 packages weighing 818 pounds (371 kg) of alleged marijuana hidden within the trailer.
Days later, on Feb. 22, a commercial shipment of fresh avocados arrived at the same cargo facility and after a thorough inspection utilizing all available tools and resources, CBP officers discovered 421 packages of alleged marijuana. This interception totaled 2,119 pounds (961 kg) of marijuana worth $424,000.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the investigative agency on these cases.