PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted 1,080 pounds of marijuana (490 kgs.) that were concealed within a commercial tractor/trailer.
“This outstanding interception of marijuana was accomplished due to excellent targeting techniques along with the use of all available tools and resources, including our commercial vehicle non-intrusive imaging system,” said Port Director Andres Guerra, Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility on Sep. 10 encountered a 1998 Freightliner tractor pulling an empty enclosed refrigerated trailer arriving from Mexico. An officer referred the tractor/trailer for secondary inspection and with the assistance of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII), officers discovered and removed 270 packages of alleged marijuana concealed within the trailer’s floor.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (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 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.