PHARR, Texas — $30 million in methamphetamine was discovered in a commercial shipment of onions at a Texas-Mexico border crossing last week.
On Thursday, July 9, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh onions from Mexico. The shipment was referred for secondary inspection.
Utilizing non-intrusive imaging, and after a physical inspection of the conveyance, officers discovered 221 packages of methamphetamine weighing 1,527.2 pounds concealed within the roof of the trailer.
The methamphetamine, according to CBP, has an estimated street value of $30,556,000.
“This is certainly a substantial amount of methamphetamine that won’t make its final destination in the U.S. and seizing these harmful narcotics will most definitely help keep our communities safer,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The driver of the 1988 Volvo tractor and 2010 Utility trailer, a 35-year-old male Mexican citizen from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was arrested. The tractor and trailer were seized along with the methamphetamine.
The investigation continues with agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)