Rio Grande City, Texas- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Rio Grande City port of entry seized over $1,000,000 worth of marijuana that was concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh produce on Wednesday.
On May 30, CBP officers at the Rio Grande City/Camargo International Bridge encountered a red 1998 Volvo commercial tractor pulling a white 2002 utility trailer at the port cargo facility. The conveyance was loaded with a manifested commercial shipment of fresh papayas and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 112 packages weighing approximately 598 kilograms (1,318 pounds) of alleged marijuana which were concealed within the front wall of the trailer. CBP seized the marijuana which has an estimated street value of approximately $1,054,000 and the tractor/trailer as well.
"This is a significant amount of narcotics that our officers have intercepted and kept from entering our country," said Severiano Solis, Port Director, Rio Grande City. "This effort exemplifies the real commitment our CBP officers possess in securing our border and local communities."
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.