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Officers find more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana within shipment of watermelons

Officers found more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana comingled within a shipment of watermelons on Wednesday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Officers found 2,304 pounds of marijuana commingled within a shipment of watermelons on Wednesday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

When a white 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer attempted to cross the Pharr International Bridge, officers referred the vehicle to a secondary inspection.

Through the use of a non-intrusive imagining system and a canine team, officers were able to locate "65 packages of marijuana commingled within a shipment of watermelons," according to the news release.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations estimate the seizure at a value of $460,761.

Homeland Security Investigations special agents continue to look into the case.

Port of Entry director Severiano Solis stated in the news release:

“Our officers continue to do an outstanding job in keeping our borders secure, they remain vigilant and committed to halting attempts to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.”
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