U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility hit a home run this past weekend with the interception of alleged methamphetamine worth $11,618,000 hidden in a commercial trailer arriving from Mexico.
“Our officers working at the commercial facility in Pharr accomplished this discovery of methamphetamine through an effective use of all available tools and resources. These narcotics did not cross the border and will never inflict harm on our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry.
A tractor/trailer containing a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and a CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, including a non-intrusive imaging (NII) examination. Officers continued with the secondary inspection and ultimately they discovered that the trailer contained suspected packages of narcotics. Officers removed 330 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 581 pounds (263.5 kg) from within the trailer’s floor.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).