Mexican Trucker Arrested After $16 MILLION in Meth Found in Load of Broccoli
Pharr, TX – A Mexican trucker was arrested this week after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered over 800 lbs. of alleged methamphetamine in a load of fresh produce.
According to CBP, the incident occurred on Monday, August 3.
A 51-year-old male Mexican citizen arrived arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility driving a tractor-trailer that contained a commercial shipment of broccoli.
A CBP officer referred the shipment for further inspection, which included a non-intrusive imaging system inspection.
Officers then discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the trailer.
CBP reported the inspection continued into the following day when ultimately officers removed 1,561 packages of alleged methamphetamine that weighed 804.69 lbs. (365 kg).
The estimated street value of the narcotics is $16,094,000.
CBP seized the load and arrested the driver who is from General Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are continuing with the investigation, CBP said.