PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 890.66 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.
“This significant amount of alleged marijuana has been intercepted as a result of the outstanding work our CBP officers do on the frontlines. They help keep our border secure,” said (A) Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Feb. 6, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1998 Freightliner tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 162 packages containing a total of 890.66 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the trailer.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $178,132. The case remains 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.