$5 million of meth found in jalapeno, cucumber shipments at Texas border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

PHARR, Texas – By Noah Fromson - Staff 

Patrol officers seized nearly $5 million of alleged methamphetamine at the Mexican border last week, officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection field teams made two separate drug busts at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility on June 30, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The first bust was a tractor-trailer bringing a commercial shipment of jalapeno peppers across the border. The trailer was flagged by a canine unit and an inspection found more than 130 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, which had an estimated street value of $2.6 million.

The second bust was similar, only this vehicle was carrying cucumbers. The cucumbers covered 194 packages with more than 100 pounds of what they believed was also methamphetamine. The estimated street value of the packages was around $2.1 million.

“These two seizures are evidence of the specialized training and skills of our CBP officers and exemplify the officers’ hard work and dedication to CBP’s border security mission by helping keep narcotics out of our country,” said Port director Efrain Solis Jr.

Both cases are being investigated by Homeland Security special agents.