PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 1,439 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.
“Our officers' experience combined with the use of available tools continues to pay off with great narcotic interceptions,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Jan. 31, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1998 Freightliner tractor trailer hauling a shipment of limes. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 620 packages containing a total of 1,439 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the commercial trailer.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $287,700. 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.