CBP Finds 2,350 Pounds of Alleged Marijuana in Texas Vegetable Shipment
- by Jordan Okumura
HIDALGO, TX – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) seized 2,350 pounds of alleged marijuana in a shipment of vegetables. CBP officers found the alleged marijuana in a 1996 utility tractor, which was referred for a secondary inspection at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.
In a press release on the U.S. CBD website, Acting Port Director for the Hidalgo, Pharr, and Anzalduas ports of entry, Carlos Rodriguez said, “These are remarkable interceptions by our CBP officers in the cargo and passenger environments. They continue to make significant narcotic seizures by combining their experience with the use of technology and other available tools to accomplish the CBP mission.”
Through the use of non-intrusive imaging (NII) x-ray systems and a canine team, the officers discovered and extracted 197 packages of the alleged narcotics, which are estimated to have a collective street value of $470,021. The CBD OFO has seized the drugs and the case will remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.
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