Over a ton of marijuana seized in shipment of squash at RGC port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

POSTED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 2:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:00am

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry cargo facility seized $2,340,000 worth of marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment of fresh produce.

“This was an outstanding interception of marijuana that our officers accomplished after selecting this shipment for inspection,” said Acting Port Director Sylvia Gutierrez. “Being quite substantial in quantity and rather bold in the concealment method utilized demonstrates the aggressiveness in the drug smuggling organizations’ intent to introduce narcotics across our border, but CBP will match those efforts in an attempt to disrupt those activities.”

The incident occurred on May 6 at the Rio Grande City-Ciudad Camargo International Bridge cargo facility after a grey 2001 Freightliner tractor and Utility trailer arrived with a manifested commercial shipment of fresh squash, shallots and coriander. A CBP officer referred the shipment for an agriculture inspection and during the course of the inspection, packages of suspected narcotics were discovered within the produce crates. CBP-OFO removed a total of 558 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 2,340 pounds which was ultimately seized along with the tractor/trailer and the commodities.

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