PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility have once again seized over a ton of alleged marijuana that was hidden within two commercial shipments of fresh produce.
“Within a week, our officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility have intercepted two substantial loads of marijuana, carrying over a ton of the illegal narcotic,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “We are continuously watchful and alert to prevent these illicit activities from transpiring at our international crossings.”
On Jan. 15, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a commercial importation of fresh limes arriving from Mexico. An officer referred the conveyance for a non-intrusive imaging system inspection and subsequently the shipment was referred for a secondary examination. During the course of the inspection, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the boxes of fresh limes.
CBP OFO seized a total of 515 packages of alleged marijuana which contained a wrapping that simulated images of limes and weighed approximately 2,575 pounds. The estimated street value is $515,000.
The second seizure occurred on Jan. 19 after CBP officers discovered 409 packages of alleged marijuana concealed within a trailer carrying a commercial shipment of fresh carrots. Officers removed and seized the 1,080 pounds which have an estimated street value of $216,000.
Both cases remain under the investigation of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.