CBP agents seize $3.5 million in meth in broccoli shipment
PHARR, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized alleged methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,598,000, in a commercial shipment of fresh produce.
“This substantial interception of methamphetamine in the commercial environment was accomplished due to outstanding teamwork and great utilization of all available tools and resources,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Drug smuggling organizations’ continued attempts to introduce dangerous drugs across our border are matched by our frontline officers’ resiliency and resolve in working to keep them out.”
The seizure occurred on Friday afternoon, March 14, 2014 after a red 2001 Freightliner tractor pulling a white 1996 Utility refrigerated trailer arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility with a manifested commercial shipment of fresh broccoli. A CBP officer referred the conveyance to the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system followed by a secondary, more intensive inspection. During the course of the examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the trailer. CBP-OFO extracted 46 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 51 kilograms (112.44 lbs.).
CBP-OFO seized the tractor/trailer along with the commodity.