$8 MILLION in Meth and Marijuana Seized From Big Rigs Arriving From Mexico
Pharr, TX – More than $8 million worth of methamphetamine and marijuana was seized from big rigs by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents on the same day this week.
CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility had a very busy day on Wednesday, April 28, as two commercial shipments arriving from Mexico containing more than 1,000 lbs. of narcotics were intercepted.
The first seizure occurred during the early morning hours when agents encountered an empty tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico.
Upon a secondary inspection, officers detected and removed a total of 1,641 packages containing alleged marijuana weighing 624 pounds (282 kg).
CBP estimated the value to be $125,000.
Then, only a few hours later came another large bust.
Officers referred a tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh strawberries for further inspection.
Agents discovered 177 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the boxes of strawberries.
The bundles of narcotics weighed 411 pounds (186.5 kg).
CBP estimated the value of the meth at a staggering $8.223 million.
CBP reported both big rigs were also seized, but did not provide any information about the truck drivers involved.
The cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said.