PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized alleged methamphetamine valued at nearly $5 million on the same day in two separate, unrelated incidents.
“These two seizures, are evidence of the specialized training and skills of our CBP officers and exemplify the officers’ hard work and dedication to CBP’s border security mission by helping keep narcotics out of our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzaludas Port of Entry.
The first incident occurred on June 30 when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of jalapeños. After the conveyance was referred for a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII) and with the help of a canine team, officers discovered a total of 240 packages containing approximately 132 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the jalapeño shipment. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $2,647,725.
The second interception occurred later the same day also at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility when CBP officers encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of cucumbers. After referring the shipment for a non-intrusive imaging inspection, officers discovered a total of 194 packages containing approximately 107 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the cucumber shipment. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $2,138,462.
CBP OFO seized the drugs. Both cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special 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.