POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:10pm
Pharr, TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized marijuana valued at approximately $5,190,000, in a commercial shipment of assorted candy.
“This substantial interception of marijuana in the commercial environment comes on the heels of two huge seizures of narcotics accomplished approximately ten days ago” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “The drug smuggling organizations continue in their pursuit of introducing these drugs across our border and our frontline officers’ resiliency is just as consistent in keeping them out.”
The seizure occurred on Monday afternoon, February 17, 2014 after a blue 1996 Volvo tractor pulling a white refrigerated trailer arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility with a manifested commercial shipment of assorted candy. A CBP officer referred the conveyance to secondary for a more intensive inspection, conducting a non-intrusive imaging examination beforehand. During the course of the examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics comingled within the boxes of candies. CBP-OFO extracted 4,618 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 2,354 kilograms (5,190 lbs.).
CBP-OFO seized the tractor/trailer along with the commodity.