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Customs and Border Protection in Pharr Intercepts Close to $1M Worth of Pot in Clay Pots

Release Date: 
April 24, 2012

Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility seized over 1,100 pounds of alleged marijuana in a commercial shipment of clay pots. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $904,760.

1,877 packages were intercepted in the bust.

1,877 packages were intercepted in the bust.

On April 21, CBP officers at the Pharr cargo facility came in contact with a white 1987 Volvo tractor pulling a utility trailer which contained a manifested commercial shipment of clay pots. The tractor/trailer was referred to secondary for an intensive examination of both cargo and conveyance. In secondary CBP officers discovered packages of alleged marijuana which were concealed within the clay pots. CBP officers discovered 1,877 packages containing approximately 513 kilograms (1,130.95 pounds) of alleged marijuana.

Clay pot exposing package of marijuana.

Clay pot exposing package of marijuana.

CBP seized the marijuana, the tractor/trailer and the cargo as well.

"Drug trafficking organizations utilize a wide variety of techniques to smuggle narcotics in commercial shipments as evident by previous seizures and this latest interception involving clay pots. Our officers utilize all available tools and especially their inquisitive sense for detecting anomalies, whether it's in the private vehicle environment or in the commercial arena to detect narcotics and keep them from crossing our border," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017