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Rio Grande City Port CBP Officers Seize More Than $2 Million in Marijuana

Release Date: 
July 24, 2012

Rio Grande City, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rio Grande City port of entry seized over 2,500 pounds of alleged marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,070,000.

CBP officers found 448 packages of alleged marijuana, weighing approximately 2,587 pounds, concealed within crates of serrano peppers.

CBP officers found 448 packages of alleged marijuana, weighing approximately 2,587 pounds, concealed within crates of serrano peppers.

On July 23, CBP officers at the Rio Grande City/Ciudad Camargo International Bridge cargo facility came in contact with a red 2008 International tractor/trailer that arrived with a manifested commercial shipment of serrano peppers. A CBP officer referred the shipment to secondary for a thorough examination of conveyance and commodity. Once the cargo was offloaded, officers discovered a total of 448 packages of alleged marijuana, weighing approximately 2,587 pounds, concealed within the crates of serrano peppers. CBP seized the marijuana, tractor/trailer and the commodity.

"This is the second big load of marijuana that we have seized at our port within a week and is one of the most significant seizures made at the Rio Grande City port of entry," said Severiano Solis, Rio Grande City Port Director. "Our officer's excellent commitment to the CBP mission has enabled us to intercept these narcotics from the drug trafficking organizations and help keep our communities safe."

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017