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