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Texas CBP Officers Seize $3.7 Million in Marijuana Disguised as Lettuce

Release Date: 
January 18, 2012

PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than a ton and a half of alleged marijuana at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge's import lot.

 

Bundles of marijuana worth more than $3.6 million were concealed in the lettuce shipment.

Bundles of marijuana worth more than $3.6 million were concealed in the lettuce shipment.

On Jan. 17, CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a Sterling tractor and utility refrigerated trailer at the cargo facility. The tractor and trailer were referred to CBP secondary screening for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in the cargo secondary screening area revealed 1,348 packages commingled within the manifested commodity of fresh cabbage. CBP officers removed the 1,348 packages from the trailer which had a total weight of 1,661.5 kilograms, or 3,662.98 pounds, of alleged marijuana.

The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $3,662,980. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.

 

More than 1,300 packages weighing more than 3,600 pounds were found in the shipment.

More than 1,300 packages weighing more than 3,600 pounds were found in the shipment.

"Finding unique modes of concealment used in an attempt to smuggle illicit narcotics into the country is a daily occurrence for CBP officers on the frontline. This is a large load of alleged marijuana that has been stopped and will not make it into our nation's cities thanks to the hard work of our CBP officers," said Efrain Solis, CBP port director for Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017