PHARR, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility found more than one kind of a leafy product when 766 pounds of alleged marijuana were discovered within a shipment of fresh broccoli.
“I commend our frontline officers at our cargo facility for their dedication and commitment towards the CBP mission of helping keep drugs from crossing our border,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our ability to analyze all the information presented with commercial importations in conjunction with officer experience, is the basis for accomplishing these type of interceptions.”
On March 22, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli from Mexico. After referring the conveyance for secondary inspection and with the use of non-intrusive imaging technology along with a canine team, officers discovered a total of 661 packages of alleged marijuana comingled within the boxes of the produce.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $153,000, along with the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation.
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.