Officials find $18.5 million in drugs in carrot shipment in Texas
Customs and Border Protection officials found $18.5 million worth of methamphetamine in a commercial load of carrots crossing into Pharr, Texas.
The shipment was stopped at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and searched at the port’s cargo facility May 17, according to a CBP news release. A secondary inspection of the tractor-trailer, using non-intrusive imaging equipment and a canine team revealed 384 packages of methamphetamine in the trailer, weighing almost 930 pounds.
The vehicle and drugs were seized by CBP officials and the case is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, according to the release.
“This is truly a huge, notable interception of hard narcotics accomplished by our frontline officers in the cargo environment,” Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas director, said in the release. “Our officers’ mindset and dedication is genuinely apparent as evidenced by this outstanding seizure.”