PROGRESO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso International Bridge discovered a large amount of alleged marijuana valued at approximately $3,078,800 concealed within a commercial shipment of limes.
On Friday, May 3, CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge commercial importation lot came in contact with a male driving a 1995 GMC tractor hulling a trailer with a shipment of limes. The driver, identified as a 61-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico was referred to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed 560 packages commingled with the shipment of citrus. CBP officers removed the packages from the trailer which had a combined total weight of 1,396.50 kilograms (3,078.8 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $3,078,800. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics, the tractor and trailer.
"Progreso's CBP officers' diligence and dedication have stopped this large load of narcotics from entering the country. I congratulate our officers for an outstanding job in taking down this large load of alleged marijuana," said Carlos Rodriguez, port director, Progreso/Donna.
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.