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$5.4 million in meth seized from semi truck hauling papayas

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Authorities at a Texas border crossing recently seized millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine from a semi truck hauling papayas.

The drug seizure took place on May 9 at the Pharr International Bridge in Pharr, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers referred a semi truck hauling a commercial shipment of papayas for an additional inspection using a non-intrusive inspection system and CBP canines.

During a subsequent physical search, officers discovered 369 packages containing a total of 606 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The estimated street value of the seized drugs is $5,419,700.

CBP seized the methamphetamine.

The case was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

“This large seizure illustrates the dedication of our frontline officers to CBP’s border security mission and their effective utilization of inspections technology and canines to detect and interdict narcotics,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. 

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