$11.5 MILLION in Meth Found Hidden in Floor of Big Rig Hauling Produce From Mexico
Pharr, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized a massive shipment of methamphetamine from a big rig arriving from Mexico this week.
According to CBP, on February 21, agents encountered a tractor-trailer hauling a load of fresh mixed produce when it arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility.
A CBP officer referred the shipment for further inspection, including a non-intrusive imaging system examination which led to the discovery of packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the trailer’s floor.
Officers removed 305 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 575 pounds (261 kg).
CBP estimated the load of meth to be valued at $11.5 million.
“This is a substantial amount of hard narcotics seized from drug trafficking organizations attempting to smuggle drugs across our border,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “This significant interception will keep the drugs from reaching our communities.”
CBP seized the narcotics along with the tractor and trailer.
No information was provided regarding the driver’s identity as the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.