CBP Finds Alleged Drugs in Shipment of Avocado Pulp

Tue. December 5th, 2017
- by Lillie Apostolos     

LAREDO, TX – We all love avocados, so it is a shock to the heart when we hear of them being used in any fashion other than our favorite dips or add-ons. With that being said, a 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer chauffeuring a frozen avocado pulp shipment through its second inspection was harboring 3,003 packages of alleged marijuana on Wednesday, November 29th. U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry reported that the packages weighed in at a grand total of 4,739 pounds.

Alberto Flores, Port Director, Laredo Port of Entry“Our CBP officers face many challenges daily while facilitating lawful trade,” said Alberto Flores, Port Director at Laredo Port of Entry, in a recent press release from the organization. “CBP’s layers of enforcement such as the non-intrusive imaging system, canine, and the officer’s experience play an important role in the intercepting of these dangerous narcotics.”

Here’s how it happened: a CBP officer at World Trade Bridge sent the tractor trailer to a secondary inspection, and upon further probing of the shipment, CBP officers discovered the smuggled alleged drug packages by using the non-intrusive imaging system and canines.

World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas

This isn’t the only drug bust the week has to offer. December 2nd brought in an alleged cocaine bust; the combined total value of both attempts is $1,357,854. Both cases have since been sent to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HIS) for special agents to further investigate.

A big thanks goes to CBP as it takes a bite out of crime so we can bite into our beloved guacamole.