PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 655 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.
“This is another outstanding seizure from our CBP officers at the Pharr cargo facility; remarkable interception,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on May 27, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 57 packages containing a total of 655 pounds of alleged marijuana co-mingled within a shipment of jalapeños.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $130,953. 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.