Over $1M worth of marijuana seized by CBP at Pharr port of entry

Customs and Border Protection

POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 9:59am

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge discovered over $1 Million worth of marijuana concealed within a commercial shipment of farm equipment.

“This was an outstanding interception of narcotics that our officers accomplished utilizing all available tools and resources,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Just like the drug smuggling organizations think outside the box, so do our officers as demonstrated by this excellent seizure of drugs that will be kept out of our communities,”

The seizure occurred on Wednesday afternoon, December 4, 2013 after a commercial shipment of farm equipment arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility. The manifested farm equipment arrived on a commercial tractor/trailer, a red 2014 Kenworth pulling a flatbed trailer, which was referred to the commercial non-intrusive imaging system and subsequently for a secondary examination of shipment and conveyance. During the course of the secondary examination, officers discovered bulk, alleged marijuana packed into some cylindrical metal tubes that were part of the farm equipment. CBP officers extracted and seized a total 504.5 kilograms (1122.22 lbs.) from four tubes with an estimated street value of $1,122.000 and seized the tractor/trailer and farm equipment as well.

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