PHARR, TX — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1,489,000 worth of marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment of fresh limes.
“Our officers’ outstanding targeting techniques enabled them to zero-in on this shipment and produce the ultimate goal of detecting illicit contraband, which is one of our main priorities within CBP Field Operations,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Friday evening, July 18 after CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1993 International tractor/trailer. The commercial manifest indicated that the shipment contained fresh limes and had already been pre-targeted for inspection therefore it was referred to secondary for further examination. Utilizing all available resources, including a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the boxes of limes during the physical inspection. CBP-OFO removed and seized 576 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 1,489 pounds. CBP also seized the tractor/trailer and the commodity.
CBP is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.