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CBP Officers Seize More than a Ton of Marijuana in Lime Shipment at Pharr Bridge

Release Date: 
September 17, 2015

PHARR, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry this week discovered that limes were not the only green commodity found within one commercial truck.

Bundles in a CBP Field Operations pickup containing 2,358 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

Bundles in a CBP Field Operations pickup containing 2,358 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

“Our officers applied their training, targeting and technology and this effective combination yielded a seizure of more than a ton of marijuana,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. 

The seizure occurred on Sept. 14 at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge when CBP officers referred a 1998 Kenworth tractor hauling a commercial shipment of limes for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers using all available tools and non-intrusive imaging system resources discovered 319 packages commingled with the merchandise containing 2,358 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value for the narcotics is $471,564. 

The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017