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Border agents seize over $600k of alleged marijuana hidden in commercial broccoli shipment

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(Last Updated On: May 22, 2020)

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.”

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