PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility this weekend discovered 1,055 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.
“Our officers’ experience combined with the use of available tools continues to keep dangerous drugs from entering our country,” said Acting Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Saturday, December 16, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2005 Freightliner tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of avocadoes. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 440 packages of alleged marijuana within the conveyance.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, which are valued at approximately $210,980. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.
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