Quite a pickle: Produce produces $5 million meth bust

Nearly $5 million in alleged methamphetamine was seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations June 30 during two unrelated incidents at the Pharr International Bridge.

“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., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzaludas Port of Entry, in a press release.

The first incident was on June 30 when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility came into contact with a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of jalapeños. After the truck and shipment was referred for a non-intrusive imaging inspection, and with the help of a canine team, CBP officers found a total of 240 packages containing approximately 132 lbs of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the jalapeño shipment. The alleged narcotics have estimated street value of $2,647,725.

The second seizure came later the same day at the same cargo facility when CBP officers came into contact with a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of cucumbers. After sending the shipment for a non-intrusive imaging inspection, officers found a total of 194 packages containing approximately 107 lbs of alleged methamphetamine hidden in the cucumber shipment. The alleged narcotics have an estimated street value of $2,138,462.

All of the alleged drugs were seized. Both of cases continue to be under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.