PHARR, TEXAS—Officers with Customs and Border Protection at the Pharr International Bridge seized over a ton of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,378,000 and officers in Hidalgo seized $50,000 in unreported currency.
On Monday evening, June 3, CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a white 1996 Freightliner tractor pulling a white 2000 utility trailer which had a manifested commercial shipment of frozen strawberry, mango and blackberry puree. A CBPofficer sent the tractor/trailer to a commercial non-intrusive imaging inspection system for a preliminary examination, and it was subsequently referred to secondary for a more thorough examination of conveyance and commodity. In secondary officers discovered 493 packages weighing approximately 1,079 kilograms (2,378 pounds) of alleged marijuana, which were concealed within the buckets of the frozen fruit puree. CBP seized the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the commodity.
The currency was seized on Sunday evening, June 2 at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers working outbound operations selected a commercial passenger bus that was headed into Mexico for further inspection. While inspecting the luggage and parcels from the bus, officers discovered a cardboard box, being shipped as a parcel, which none of the passengers claimed, that contained 13 bundles of unreported U.S. currency. CBP seized a total of $50,000 in unclaimed, unreported currency.
"Being able to utilize all available resources and technology and our officers' outstanding commitment to help keep drugs out of our communities has enabled us to intercept this significant amount of narcotics," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "This currency seizure was a result of our ability to check travelers and vehicles attempting to leave the U.S."
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.