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Border Patrol inspects load of frozen strawberries, finds $13 million worth of meth


A truck driver has been arrested after Border Patrol agents discovered over 900 pounds of suspected methamphetamine hidden in a load of frozen strawberries.

The major drug bust happened on February 16 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Authorities say that they referred a 42 year old truck driver who was hauling a load of frozen strawberries from Mexico for further inspection.

With help from a canine unit and imaging technology, agents discovered 350 packages of suspected methamphetamine weighing 906 pounds.

Border patrol says that the street value of the drugs is approximately $12,700,000.

In addition to seizing the suspected methamphetamine, Border Patrol also seized the semi truck and arrested the truck driver.

The truck driver, who has not yet been identified, was turned over to Homeland Security agents after his arrest. Border Patrol says that he was a Mexican citizen.

“This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this weekend,” said Port Director David Gonzalez. “Our officers’ astute sense of awareness and tenacity is unparalleled and truly commendable.”


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