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CBP Officers Seize $2.5 Million of Marijuana Hidden in Frozen Strawberries

Release Date: 
November 28, 2012

Pharr, Texas-U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $2,762,000 worth of suspected marijuana that was concealed within a commercial shipment conveyance.

CBP officer reveals a bundle of marijuana hidden within a container of frozen strawberries.

CBP officer reveals a bundle of marijuana hidden within a container of frozen strawberries.

On Tuesday evening a 1996 grey Kenworth tractor pulling a 1994 white Great Dane trailer arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility with a manifested commercial shipment of frozen strawberries. The tractor/trailer was examined utilizing the cargo X-ray system and subsequently referred to the secondary inspection area for a thorough examination of conveyance and merchandise.

During secondary inspection officers discovered 622 packages weighing approximately 1,253 kilograms (2,762 pounds) of alleged marijuana that were hidden within the buckets of the frozen strawberries. CBP seized the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the manifested merchandise.

"This was an excellent and substantial seizure of marijuana that our officers intercepted in a commercial shipment," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Drug trafficking organizations will utilize myriad techniques in their attempts to smuggle their contraband and it's up to us at CBP to foil those attempts and keep our communities safe."

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 terriost weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017