PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) on Friday discovered and seized a substantial load of alleged marijuana weighing more than 2,500 pounds at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.
The seizure occurred on Friday morning, Jan. 25, when a red 2004 Freightliner tractor pulling a white Utility trailer carrying a manifested commercial shipment of fresh watermelons arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility. The conveyance was referred to the commercial vehicle X-Ray system and subsequently to the secondary enforcement dock for a more thorough examination of commodity and conveyance. With the use of all available tools and assets, CBP officers discovered 431 packages containing alleged marijuana which were concealed within the trailer's floor and had an approximate weight of 1,148 kilograms (2,530 pounds). CBP seized the marijuana which has an estimated street value of $2,530,000 and the tractor/trailer as well.
"This was a tremendous seizure of marijuana which our officers were able to detect, seize and keep from crossing into the U.S.," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "This seizure was accomplished due to great team work and the excellent commitment by our officers to help in the fight against drugs."
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.