PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized just under a ton of marijuana which was discovered within a commercial shipment of produce.
“Our frontline CBP officers intercepted this significant load of marijuana thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “It all begins with our targeting abilities, having the technology to pre-target arriving shipments is paramount in our interdiction efforts.
On Oct. 21, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer with a commercial, manifested importation of fresh tomatoes. The conveyance was referred for a secondary examination and once on the inspection dock, officers collaboratively discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the boxes of tomatoes. Ultimately, officers removed and seized 384 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 1,940 pounds which carries an estimated street value of $1,940,000. CBP-OFO also seized the tractor/trailer and the commodity.
CBP's Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.