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|U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine worth $4,343,000 being smuggled in a commercial shipment of fresh produce in Pharr, Texas|
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers uncovered $4.3 million worth of methamphetamine earlier this month in a tractor-trailer hauling fresh cucumber pickles, officials said.
The drugs, which CBP South Texas described on Twitter as “funky pickles,” were found on April 17 hiding among the pickles in 114 plastic-wrapped packages, officials said.
The long distance hauler contained 217 total pounds of contraband. Border agents at the Reynosa – Pharr International Bridge in Pharr, Texas, seized the drugs and truck. The case remains under investigation, CBP said in a statement.
“This substantial quantity of hard narcotics will not make its final destination in the United States,” said Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Director Carlos Rodriguez.
“This interdiction reinforces our officers’ role in advancing CBP’s border security mission by preventing dangerous drugs from entering and negatively impacting our communities.”
Last month, Borderland Beat reported that over US$15 million in methamphetamine were seized at two border crossings along the Tamaulipas and Texas border. One of the border crossings was in Pharr, where authorities found meth hidden inside fresh broccoli.
This corridor is under the control of the Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel (CDG).
Source: NYPost; CBP
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