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CBP Officers Seize Over Three Thousand Pounds of Marijuana in Broccoli Shipment at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
May 20, 2020

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted a significant amount of alleged marijuana valued at $632,000 concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli this weekend.

“This is a substantial amount of narcotics that will not make it into our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

Packages containing 3,159 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 3,159 pounds of marijuana seized
by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.

CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on May 16 referred a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli arriving from Mexico for further examination. Officers then conducted a more thorough inspection that resulted in the discovery of 378 packages of alleged marijuana which weighed 3,159 pounds (1,433 kg).

CBP OFO seized the shipment, the tractor/trailer and the marijuana. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continues with the investigation.

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Last modified: 
May 20, 2020