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.