PHARR – Over $600k worth of marijuana was discovered by Border Patrol agents on Saturday concealed with a shipment of broccoli.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued the following statement regarding the seizure:
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted a significant amount of alleged marijuana valued at $632,000 concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli this weekend.
“This is a substantial amount of narcotics that will not make it into our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on May 16 referred a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli arriving from Mexico for further examination. Officers then conducted a more thorough inspection that resulted in the discovery of 378 packages of alleged marijuana which weighed 3,159 pounds (1,433 kg).
CBP OFO seized the shipment, the tractor/trailer and the marijuana. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continues with the investigation.”