February 10, 2014
Pharr, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized narcotics valued at $21,137,000 in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend in commercial shipments of fresh limes.
“These two outstanding interceptions of marijuana and hard narcotics were accomplished due to excellent targeting techniques along with the use of all available tools and resources, including our commercial vehicle non-intrusive imaging system,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The first seizure occurred after a green 1995 Freightliner tractor pulling a white Utility trailer arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility with a commercial shipment of fresh limes. A CBP officer referred the conveyance to the non-intrusive imaging system and then it was referred to secondary for a more intensive examination. During the course of the examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics comingled within the boxes of limes. CBP extracted 539 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 5,370 pounds with an estimated street value of $5,370,000.
The second seizure occurred after a blue 1987 Kenworth tractor and white 1998 Great Dane trailer arrived at the same cargo facility with also, a manifested commercial shipment of fresh limes. This shipment was referred for secondary examination as well and during the process of inspecting the conveyance and shipment, CBP officers discovered packages of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine hidden within the boxes of limes. CBP-OFO removed 107 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 255 pounds with an estimated street value of $7,584,000. Another 98 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 237 pounds with an estimated street value of $8,183,000 were seized.
CBP seized both tractor/trailers in each incident along with the commodity.