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CBP Field Operations Seizes Over $300K in Marijuana at the Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
July 20, 2016

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.

A pallet of packages containing 1,537 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 1,537 pounds of marijuana
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge

 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017