$2 MILLION in Cocaine and Marijuana Seized in Big Rig Smuggling BUSTS
Pharr, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently foiled two big rig drug smuggling attempts, seizing cocaine and marijuana totaling more than $2 million in street value.
On August 16, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a commercial shipment of floor tile arriving from Mexico.
A CBP officer referred the tractor-trailer for further examination, which included a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system inspection, officials said.
During a secondary inspection officers located 430 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the shipment that weighed 1,079 pounds (489.5 kg) and which had an estimated street value of $216,000, CBP said.
On August 17, CBP officers at the same cargo facility inspected a commercial big rig shipment of fresh limes.
CBP said that with the assistance of a canine team, officers were able to detect packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the trailer.
Agents then removed and seized 80 packages of cocaine that weighed 202 pounds (91.5 kg) and had a street value of $1,860,000.
“These were two outstanding interceptions of narcotics in the cargo environment that were accomplished due to great teamwork and perseverance,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
CBP OFO seized both conveyances along with all the narcotics and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continues with these investigations.
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