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CBP Field Operations Seizes Substantial Amount of Methamphetamine Worth Over $6 Million at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
April 15, 2019

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.

CBP officers seize 304 pounds of methamphetamine in honeydew shipment at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge
CBP officers seized 304 pounds of
methamphetamine within a trailer hauling
a shipment of honeydew 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.

Last modified: 
April 16, 2019