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Berry rotten shipment leaves seedy smuggler in a jam

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility were busy recently with a seizure of alleged methamphetamine valued at $8.2 million discovered within a commercial shipment of fresh strawberries.

“Our officers definitely rose to the challenge by detecting these narcotics loads,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “As daunting a task as this may seem, our officers are able to effectively balance processing lawful trade while maintaining a robust enforcement posture to advance our border security mission.”

Officers referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh strawberries for further inspection and ultimately, officers discovered 177 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the boxes of strawberries. These bundles of narcotics weighed 411 pounds and are valued at $8.223 million.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics, conveyance and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.

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