PHARR, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1,567,000 in marijuana that was concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh produce.
On Friday evening, August 9, a green 1994 International tractor pulling a white 1997 Utility trailer arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility with a manifested commercial shipment of fresh avocados. A CBP officer referred the shipment to the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and after noting anomalies within the trailer, the shipment proceeded to the secondary inspection dock for further examination of conveyance and commodity. During the course of the secondary examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the roof of the trailer. CBP officers removed 120 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 711 kilograms (1,567 lbs.). CBP seized the marijuana along with the tractor/trailer.
"This substantial interception of marijuana was accomplished due to our officers' excellent commitment to the CBP mission and the outstanding teamwork displayed on a day-to-day basis," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
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.