PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized alleged marijuana valued at more than $2.7 million at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge's import lot.
On Saturday, June 29, 2013 CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a Freightliner tractor and utility trailer at the cargo facility. The tractor and trailer were referred to CBP secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in cargo secondary revealed 350 packages commingled within the close to 1000 boxes of Serrano peppers in the trailer. CBP officers removed the 350 packages from the trailer which had a total weight of 1,239.5 kilograms (2,732.6 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $2,732,600. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.
"This large load of dangerous drugs has been intercepted as a direct result of the outstanding work by our CBP officers at our country's borders. This alleged marijuana load has been stopped at one of our nation's busiest land border import lots thanks to the hard work by our CBP officers," said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.