PHARR, TX – Customs and Border Patrol announced it seized more than $8 million of alleged methamphetamine hidden inside a fresh produce shipment.
According to CPD, on Sunday a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli arrived from Mexico a the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility. When the shipment was referred to a secondary inspection, the non-intrusive imaging system detected packages of methamphetamine.
After searching the 18-wheeler, agents seized 264 packages -- for a total of 421 pounds of meth. The drugs had a street value of $8,421,500.
“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our cargo facility,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “With the use of high-tech equipment such as our x-ray systems, our officers are able to detect anomalies within shipments and target those areas of interest, which can produce positive results such as this significant interdiction.”