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50 pounds of cocaine found in tomato shipment

Over the weekend one man found out that if you use a shipment of tomatoes to smuggle drugs, U.S. Customs & Border Protection with ketchup with you.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 50.70 pounds of alleged cocaine in a commercial trailer hauling a shipment of tomatoes. The 16 packages of cocaine were co-mingled within the produce.

"Despite the summer heat, our officers remain vigilant and continue to uphold the CBP mission,” Port Director Severiano Solis said in a press release. He said this was an outstanding seizure.

On July 8, CBP officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility referred a 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics.

CBP OFO seized the drugs from this shipment, as well as two others over the weekend. The three seizures have a combined estimated street value of approximately $940,166.