Authorities seize more than $14 million of meth, cocaine in shipment of fresh bell peppers


    (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

    Authorities seized half a ton of methamphetamine worth more than $14 million and nearly 10 pounds of cocaine Wednesday in a shipment of fresh bell peppers.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge encountered a commercial shipment of fresh bell peppers arriving from Mexico Wednesday. Upon further inspection, officers discovered 364 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 1,005 pounds and they also discovered four packages of cocaine weighing 9.92 pounds concealed in the commercial trailer.

    Authorities said the estimated value of the narcotics is $14,152,000.

    “This was truly an outstanding interception of hard narcotics that our CBP officers effected yesterday at the cargo facility,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “A seizure of this magnitude is a positive enforcement action against drug smuggling organizations, one that will certainly make a difference in our fight against drugs.”

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