Fresh produce shipped with $1 million of heroin and cocaine
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $1.15 worth of heroin and cocaine that officers discovered within a commercial truck of fresh produce arriving from Mexico.
“I commend our officers for discovering these narcotics by utilizing technology and officer experience,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Being able to detect inconsistencies within vehicles or with people is crucial in the performance of our daily duties.”
Last week CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility referred a tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico with fresh produce for further inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging systems’ equipment as part of the secondary examination along with all available tools and resources, officers discovered 11 packages of alleged heroin and one package of alleged cocaine hidden within the Freightliner tractor.
CBP OFO seized 28.22 pounds of heroin valued at $1.129 and 2.69 pounds of cocaine valued at $21,000 along with the commercial tractor.