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CBP Field Operations Seizes Over $226K in Marijuana in a Commercial Trailer at the Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
March 29, 2017

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 1,134 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.

“Our officers continue to demonstrate their awareness and diligence in carrying out the CBP mission; this was an outstanding narcotic seizure at our cargo facility. Balancing the trade facilitation aspect of cargo processing with an enforcement mindset is a function of CBP that is accomplished daily,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

Packages containing 1,134 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 1,134
pounds of marijuana seized
by CBP officers at Pharr
International Bridge

The seizure occurred on March 24, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1999 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 500 packages containing a total of 1,134 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the trailer.

CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $226,853. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

Last modified: 
March 30, 2017