RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry seized $1,641,000 worth of marijuana on August 26.
"This substantial amount of narcotics was detected due to excellent inspectional techniques which begins with our officers' ability to utilize all available tools and resources and applying them towards the ultimate goal, intercepting illicit drugs and keeping them out of our communities," said Acting Port Director Sylvia Gutierrez, Rio Grande City Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Monday evening after CBP officers working at the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1991 Freightliner tractor pulling a white utility trailer that presented a commercial manifest for a shipment of fresh jalapeno peppers. A CBP officer referred the shipment for secondary inspection of commodities for agricultural compliance purposes and it was during the course of inspecting some crates with jalapeno peppers that officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics comingled inside the crates. CBP removed and seized 479 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 744.5 kilograms (1,642 lbs.). The tractor/trailer and commodity was seized as well.
CBP released the driver to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.