PHARR, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) discovered over 3,000 pounds of marijuana concealed within a commercial shipment of broccoli at a Texas-Mexico border crossing last Saturday.
On May 16, 2020, CBP officers assigned tot eh Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli arriving from Mexico for a secondary inspection. That inspection resulted in the discovery of 378 packages of suspected marijuana.
According to CBP, the total seizure weighed 3,159 pounds and was estimated at $632,000.
“This is a substantial amount of narcotics that will not make it into our communities,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
CBP seized the shipment, the truck-tractor and trail, the marijuana, and the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.