PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized approximately $4,199,321 worth of alleged marijuana and methamphetamine in separate, unrelated incidents.
“These are tremendous narcotics seizures. I commend our CBP officers for their continued hard work and fidelity to the CBP mission,” said Deputy Port Director Donna Sifford, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Sept. 30, CBP officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility referred a white 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 422 packages containing a total of 2,444.93 pounds of alleged marijuana comingled within a shipment of frozen mangos and blueberries. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $488,980.
Later that day at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, CBP officers referred a white 2008 Ford F-350 for a secondary inspection. After a physical inspection, CBP officers discovered 167.82 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the truck with an estimated street value of $3,356,283.
On Sept. 28, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a yellow 1989 Kenworth tractor trailer. The conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 108 packages containing a total of 1,770.31 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within a shipment of watermelons. The seized narcotics have an estimated street value of $354,058.
CBP OFO seized the drugs. The seizures have a combined estimated street value of approximately $4,199,321. The cases remain 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.