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CBP Officers Seize Nearly $2.5 Million in Marijuana at the Pharr Port Cargo Facility

Release Date: 
December 6, 2011

Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on Monday seized more than a ton of marijuana at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge's import lot.

Marijuana hidden in a load of frozen broccoli.

On Monday, Dec. 5, CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a white Kenworth tractor and trailer at the CBP cargo facility. The conveyance was referred to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in cargo secondary revealed 158 large packages commingled within the truck's manifested commodity of frozen broccoli. CBP officers removed the packages from the trailer which had a total weight of 1,126 kilograms (2,482.4 pounds) of alleged marijuana.

The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $2,482,400. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.

"This is a large load of alleged marijuana stopped by our CBP officers working the frontline. I congratulate our officers for an outstanding job with this seizure and for their commitment to ensuring the safety of our country," said Efrain Solis, port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017