PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized alleged marijuana valued at $307,321 over the weekend.
“Once again our CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility applied their experience, targeting, training and this collaboration of effort generated a substantial seizure of narcotics within the shipment of picture frames,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on July 16 when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white Freightliner tractor hauling a commercial shipment of picture frames. The conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection. A physical inspection of the picture frames revealed marijuana concealed within them. CBP officers extracted 1,450 packages containing a total of 1,537 pounds of alleged marijuana from the picture frames.
CBP OFO seized the drugs. 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.