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Customs and Border Protection Officers at Pharr Cargo Facility Seize $3.7M in Marijuana Loads

Release Date: 
April 4, 2012

Pharr, Texas-U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility recently seized 4,734 pounds of marijuana that were concealed within two large commercial shipments of fresh produce. The drugs had an estimated street value of $3,787,000.

CBP officers found a manifested commercial shipment of fresh cucumbers yielded over a ton of alleged marijuana hidden in cucumber shaped packages at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.

CBP officers found a manifested commercial shipment of fresh cucumbers yielded over a ton of alleged marijuana hidden in cucumber shaped packages at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.

On April 2, CBP officers at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1995 GMC tractor pulling a Great Dane trailer that was loaded with a manifested commercial shipment of fresh cucumbers. A CBP officer working at the primary booth referred the tractor/trailer for an intensive secondary examination of the conveyance and the shipment. In secondary, while physically examining the boxes of cucumbers, CBP officers discovered cucumber-like cellophane wrapped packages comingled with the real produce. Officers seized a total of 3,046 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 2,804 pounds and also seized the tractor/trailer along with the commodity.

On April 3, also at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, CBP officers came in contact with a blue 1992 Freightliner tractor/trailer that had a manifested commercial load of cactus pads. A CBP officer referred this shipment for a secondary intensive inspection that yielded 292 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 1,930 pounds. The packages of marijuana were comingled within the crates of cactus pads. CBP seized the tractor/trailer and the commodity as well.

"The outstanding dedication and commitment to the war on drugs by our CBP officers has resulted in two more significant interceptions of illicit drugs," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "The drug smuggling organizations are getting creative in their smuggling techniques as this is not the first big load of marijuana, our officers have intercepted recently, where the narcotics have been packaged to resemble the legitimate produce commodity."

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017