PHARR, TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $1,534,000 worth of marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment of floor tile.
“This substantial interception of marijuana within the boxes of floor tile illustrates the diversity utilized by drug smuggling organizations in their attempts to push their commodities across the border,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. “We have recently encountered this drug within shipments of fresh produce and within heavy machinery but our officers must remain ever vigilant towards the constantly evolving drug threat.”
CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility on Monday, June 16 encountered a white 1976 Kenworth tractor pulling a flatbed trailer that contained a manifested commercial shipment of clay floor tile. The conveyance was referred to the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, where discrepancies were noted, and subsequently the inspection continued to the secondary enforcement inspection dock. During the process of inspecting the shipment, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the boxes of tile. CBP-OFO removed and seized 128 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 1534.40 pounds. CBP officers seized the tractor/trailer along with the commodity as well.
CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.