Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently discovered a huge quantity of alleged methamphetamine in a truckload of broccoli.
The drug bust occurred on August 3, 2020, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas.
CBP says that a 51year old male Mexican citizen was driving a commercial vehicle loaded with fresh produce through the facility when he was referred for a secondary inspection.
Using non-intrusive imaging, officers detected packages of drugs hidden in the trailer.
CBP says that officers ultimately seized 1,561 packages of alleged methamphetamine that weighed 804.69 pounds.
The estimated street value of the drugs is $16,094,000.
CBP also seized the truck and trailer and arrested the truck driver.
The incident remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.
“This is a substantial amount of hard narcotics that our officers have detected and seized from drug trafficking organizations attempting to smuggle these drugs across our border,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “By preventing this drug load from reaching the U.S., CBP advances its border security mission, protecting our citizens and communities.”