Investigators seize over 1,000 pounds of pot in avocado shipment


PHARR, Texas – 1,055 pounds of marijuana were found in a commercial trailer over the weekend, according to investigators.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility made the discovery.

"Our officers' experience, combined with the use of available tools, continues to keep dangerous drugs from entering our country," said Acting Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred on Saturday, Dec. 16, when CBP officers said they encountered a white 2005 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of avocados.

After the trailer was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers said they utilized a non-intrusive imaging system to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 440 packages of alleged marijuana within the trailer.

The drugs are valued at approximately $210,980, investigators said.

The case remains under investigation by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations.