In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a number of drug smugglers try to get their shipments across the border, hidden in food deliveries. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Pharr International Bridge see plenty of action involving Mexicans smuggling narcotics into Texas. Recently, the CBP Office of Field Operations made a humongous seizure, confiscating about $5 million worth of meth there, in two separate incidents. In both, the smugglers were posing as delivery men for a vegetable exporter.
The first incident occurred on June 30 when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of jalapeños. After the conveyance was referred for a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII) and with the help of a canine team, officers discovered a total of 240 packages containing approximately 132 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the jalapeño shipment. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $2,647,725.
The second interception occurred later the same day also at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility when CBP officers encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of cucumbers. After referring the shipment for a non-intrusive imaging inspection, officers discovered a total of 194 packages containing approximately 107 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the cucumber shipment. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $2,138,462.
Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said, “These two seizures, are evidence of the specialized training and skills of our CBP officers and exemplify the officers’ hard work and dedication to CBP’s border security mission by helping keep narcotics out of our country.”