PHARR, Texas — Over $18 million in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana was seized from a commercial broccoli shipment at Texas-Mexico border crossing last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
On February 16, 2020, CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas, encountered a truck-tractor and trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli.
The officers referred the shipment for further inspection and, while utilizing non-intrusive imaging equipment, discovered 432 packages containing suspected methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana valued at $18,418,500.
Seized were 341 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 895 pounds valued at $18,000,000, 87 packages of alleged marijuana weighing 202 pounds valued at $40,000, three packages of alleged heroin with a weight of 8.82 pounds valued at $353,000, and one package weighing 3.31 pounds of alleged cocaine valued at $25,500.
“This was truly a notable seizure in the commercial environment,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. “Our officers’ ability to maintain an excellent enforcement posture while keeping trade flowing and uninterrupted is one of our main priorities.”
The narcotics and truck-tractor and trailer were seized and the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).