766 Pounds of Marijuana Found in Broccoli Shipment
PHARR, TX - There were more leafy greens than officials bargained for in one broccoli shipment crossing the Pharr International Bridge earlier this week.
On Tuesday, March 22, U.S. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) discovered amongst the broccoli 766 pounds of marijuana, estimated at a street value of about $153,000.
“I commend our frontline officers at our cargo facility for their dedication and commitment towards the CBP mission of helping keep drugs from crossing our border,” Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, commented in a press release.
The Office of Field Operations made the discovery upon secondary inspection of a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli from Mexico, according to the CBP. Authorities used a canine team and non-invasive imaging technology to uncover the 661 packages of illegal contraband, seizing the drugs and the vehicle.
“Our ability to analyze all the information presented with commercial importations in conjunction with officer experience, is the basis for accomplishing these type of interceptions,” Solis concluded.
While the CBP did say that the case remains under investigation, nothing was mentioned about whether or not the driver of the truck is being charged.