U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) says that agents found almost $7 million worth of various illegal drugs in a tractor trailer at the Pharr International Bridge this week.
The drugs were discovered on December 10 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas, according to a release from CPB.
Authorities say that they referred a truck that was hauling a load of stone blocks into the U.S. from Mexico for a secondary inspection.
Inspectors brought in a canine unit and soon discovered multiple packages of suspected narcotics hidden in the shipment.
Border Patrol says that they seized 35 packages of suspected methamphetamine weighing 320 pounds, seven packages of suspected cocaine weighing 39.55 pounds, and two packages of suspected heroin that weighed 7.32 pounds. Federal authorities described the drug seizure as “substantial.”
The total street value of the seized drugs is estimated at $6,998,000.
“Once again, our officers’ astute awareness and outstanding ability to work in tandem utilizing all available tools and resources resulted in the discovery of these hard narcotics that won’t make their way into our communities,” said Port Director David Gonzalez.
Federal agents seized the tractor trailer.
The incident is still under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.