Over $18 million worth of meth found within shipment of fresh carrots


PHARR – Over $18 million worth of methamphetamine was seized at the U.S. border over the weekend, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The seizure took place on May 17 at the Pharr International Bridge when U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) agents referred a tractor trailer that was pulling a commercial shipment of fresh carrots for a secondary inspection, reported CBP.

During the examination by non-intrusive imaging equipment and a canine team, agents stated that 384 packages of alleged methamphetamine were discovered within the trailer.

The narcotics were said to be worth $18.5 million and weighed 929.5 pounds, stated authorities.

“This is truly a huge, notable interception of hard narcotics accomplished by our frontline officers in the cargo environment,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers’ mindset and dedication is genuinely apparent as evidenced by this outstanding seizure.”

The methamphetamine was seized by CBP OFO and the investigation of the tractor trailer and the case is ongoing by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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