Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility recently intercepted an $8 million methamphetamine drug shipment in Pharr, Texas. The methamphetamine was discovered within a commercial truck arriving from Mexico.
Officers referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh strawberries for further inspection and ultimately officers discovered 177 packages of methamphetamine concealed within the boxes of strawberries.
These bundles of narcotics weighed 411 pounds and are valued at $8,223,000.
The drugs were seized. Port Director Carlos Rodriguez says:
“Our officers definitely rose to the challenge by detecting these narcotics loads in two separate commercial shipments at our cargo facility. As daunting a task as this may seem, our officers are able to effectively balance processing lawful trade while maintaining a robust enforcement posture to advance our border security mission.”