Officials Seize $37 Million Worth of Methamphetamine From Shipment of Fresh Tomatoes
PHARR, TX - The tireless fight against drug smuggling continues. At the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) seized $37 million worth of alleged methamphetamine discovered in a commercial shipment of fresh tomatoes.
“This interception of methamphetamines is certainly on the list of the more significant drug seizures for the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas and will definitely impact this type of illicit activity,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez in a press release.
The release went on to explain that on December 19, a CBP officer at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh tomatoes to the non-intrusive imaging portal as part of the secondary inspection. This allowed the officers to continue the examination and ultimately discover 657 packages weighing 1,853 lbs, all of which was concealed within the trailer’s floor.
After the CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the case remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Thank you to those agents working to keep drugs out of produce. As always, stick with us here at AndNowUKnow to stay in the loop on everything relating to fresh.