PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $6,085,000 worth of methamphetamine that was concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh melons.
“This was a great interception of hard narcotics that our officers accomplished this past weekend in another commercial shipment arriving from Mexico,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “This demonstrates CBP Field Operations’ continued steadfast commitment in the fight against drugs.”
On April 12, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility referred a commercial shipment of honeydew melons for further inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging technology (NII) along with all available tools and resources, officers discovered 304 pounds (138 kg) of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the trailer. CBP OFO stored the narcotics in 12 plastic buckets due to it being introduced in bulk form.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.