3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as watermelon discovered in watermelon shipment
A commercial shipment of fresh watermelons at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility contained 3,000 pounds of alleged marijuana that was packaged to look like watermelons.
“Smugglers continue to be creative as they attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country,” Efrain Solis Jr., port director of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry, said in a press release. “Our frontline CBP officers’ experience, vigilance and attention to detail prevents the introduction of these dangerous drugs into our country.”
The seizure occurred Jan. 17 when U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1993 Thermo King tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 390 packages containing a total of 3,000 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the watermelon shipment.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $600,092. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.