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$5.4M of meth found in papaya shipment

meth bricksEarlier this month more than $5.4 million of methamphetamine was discovered in a commercial shipment of papayas. U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers found 369 packages containing a total of 606 pounds of alleged methamphetamine in the shipment.

“This large seizure illustrates the dedication of our frontline officers to CBP’s border security mission and their effective utilization of inspections technology and canines to detect and interdict narcotics,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry.

The seizure occurred on May 9 at the Pharr International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling the papayas for secondary inspection. CBP officers conducted a thorough examination that included utilization of a non-intrusive inspection system and CBP canines.

CBP seized the narcotics. Homeland Security Investigations special agents initiated a criminal investigation. 

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