Trucker Busted Smuggling $4.5 MILLION in Meth Concealed in Load of ‘Funky Pickles’
Pharr, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports it intercepted a load of “funky pickles” at the border last week resulting in a seizure of almost $4.5 million worth of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred on Saturday, April 17 at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility, according to a release by CBP.
A trucker — who was not identified by authorities — was hauling a shipment of fresh cucumber pickles from Mexico.
The truck was referred to a secondary inspection.
A non-intrusive image system inspection revealed 114 packages of suspected meth concealed within the trailer.
The total weight of the drugs was 217 points (98.5 kg).
Further, the estimated street value of the narcotics was $4,343,000, CBP said.
Funky pickles: #CBP officers at #Pharr, Texas International Bridge seize $4M in methamphetamine hidden in a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of cucumber pickles. Read more: https://t.co/kBbPeq4MZm pic.twitter.com/5GhlqABYCW
— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) April 21, 2021
Officials seized the tractor-trailer, along with the drugs.
No information was provided about the status of the truck driver.
The case is currently under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP data indicates drug seizures at the U.S. southern border have continued to climb in recent months.