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CBP Field Operations Seizes $700K in Marijuana at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
January 22, 2016

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.

A lime image emblazoned package containing marijuana was part of a seizure of 2,575 pounds of marijuana realized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge

A lime image emblazoned package containing marijuana was part of a seizure of 2,575 pounds of marijuana realized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge

“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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017