Over 1,200 lbs. of Marijuana Discovered Hidden in Floor of Big Rig Entering U.S.
Pharr, TX – More than 1,200 lbs. of marijuana was seized from a big rig attempting to enter the United States from Mexico this week.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the bust occurred on Tuesday, May 11, at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.
CBP officers encountered an empty tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico and referred it for a secondary inspection which included the use of non-intrusive imaging equipment, CBP said.
Upon further examination, officers found that the trailer’s floor was loaded with alleged marijuana.
In all, CBP officers removed and seized 300 packages weighing 1,241 lbs. (563 kg) from the conveyance.
The tractor-trailer was also seized and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further review.
The driver of the big rig was not identified as an investigation is ongoing.
CBP officials are continuing to sound the alarm about the current surge in narcotics and human smuggling along the U.S. Southern border.
“Although some of the other hard narcotics may be more lucrative to drug smuggling organizations, large interceptions of marijuana like these still keep our communities safe, which is a top priority within our border security mission,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.