PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers during a recent two-month period seized over eight and a half tons of alleged marijuana at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge's import lot in seven separate enforcement actions.
Starting in early December, in seven separate cases at the Hidalgo Port of Entry, CBP officers have foiled seven illicit importations of dangerous narcotics into the country. These large loads of alleged marijuana have been intercepted by CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility. The conveyances involved have been referred to cargo secondary for further inspection after a primary CBP officer had selected the shipments for a secondary examination. In all seven cases, a secondary inspection by CBP officers revealed packages concealed within the trailer and/or commingled within the manifested commodities. In these seven cases CBP officers removed a total of 2,472 packages from within the trailers or hidden among the manifested merchandise with a combined total weight of 7,808.5 kilograms (17,215 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from these seven seizures has an estimated street value of approximately $17,214,793. In all cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailers.
"In the past two months CBP officers at the Pharr cargo facility have made these significant seizures of alleged marijuana thus stopping these dangerous narcotics from being introduced into our communities. I wholeheartedly thank each of our CBP homeland protectors for their outstanding work with these large seizures and their contributions for the betterment of our country," said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
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.