Border stop nets $6.6 million in meth in avocado load
Customs and Border Protection officers in South Texas have made another multi-million-dollar seizure of drugs piggy-backing into the U.S. in a commercial load of fresh produce from Mexico, this time in avocados.
A total of 326 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.4 pounds of heroin were recovered, with a street value of $6.62 million, according to a news release.
The tractor-trailer was crossing at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Sept. 12 when a Customs and Border Protection officer referred it to another inspection, which included using non-intrusive imaging equipment.
The inspection resulted in detection of 48 packages of methamphetamine and one package of heroin.
Customs and Border Protection seized the semi and trailer and arrested the driver, a 48-year-old Mexican citizen from Uruapan, Michoacan.
“Significant narcotics interdiction enforcement actions like these have direct and immediate impact on the smuggling organizations who operate in our area,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, said in the release.“CBP Field Operations maintains a robust enforcement posture while continuing to facilitate and process legitimate trade and travel, which is a delicate balance.”