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.
“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.
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.