In a historic bust, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confiscated more than $18 million worth of methamphetamine at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in the Rio Grande Valley.
“This was truly a notable seizure in the commercial environment,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez. “Our officers’ ability to maintain an excellent enforcement posture while keeping trade flowing and uninterrupted is one of our main priorities.”
According to a Friday CBP press release, the bust occurred last Sunday.
“This outstanding find occurred on Feb. 16 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility after a CBP officer referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli for further examination,” the release said.
“The first part of the inspection involved utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment, which allowed the officers to discover a total of 432 packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the trailer,” it continued.
Border Patrol said it seized 341 packages of methamphetamine which weighed a hefty 895 pounds. It also seized 87 packages of alleged marijuana weighing 202 pounds which had a street value of $40,000, and three packages of heroin which weighed nearly nine pounds, worth more than $350,000. One package of cocaine valued at $25,000 was also confiscated.
CBP seized the tractor trailer.
The bust occurred near McAllen, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most highly trafficked areas in the United States for illegal border crossings, as well as human and drug smuggling.
Just southeast of McAllen, in Mission, TX, North Dakotan construction company Fisher Industries is completing 3.5 miles of crucial border wall. Building wall in the Rio Grande Valley allows law enforcement entities like CBP to focus their efforts on ports of entry, instead of having to monitor vast swaths of borderless land.
We Build The Wall, the viral crowdfunding nonprofit, is funding the project.
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