Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently seized hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs from a shipment of vegetables at a Texas border crossing.
The drug seizure took place August 4 at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility located in Pharr, Texas.
Officers referred a semi truck arriving from Mexico for a secondary inspection using non-intrusive imaging equipment.
A subsequent physical examination of the truck’s load of vegetables uncovered 2,232 packages containing alleged methamphetamine weighing a total of 488 pounds concealed within the shipment of vegetables.
The estimated street value of the drugs is $4,360,000.
The drugs and tractor trailer were seized by CBP.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has begun a criminal investigation into the case.
“This massive shipment of narcotics will not make it to American streets thanks to our CBP officers who used their intuition and all our available tools and resources to stop this smuggling attempt,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “The criminal element continues to attempt to smuggle in the cargo environment, but our CBP officers remain vigilant and will continue to do their best to thwart these smuggling attempts.”