(The AEGIS Alliance) – A truck driver who was hauling frozen strawberries into the United States from Mexico has been taken into custody. At a Texas port, customs officers discovered about $13 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside the trailer.
Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that officers who were working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility on Saturday had an encounter with a 42 year old man, a Mexican citizen hauling a commercial shipment of frozen strawberries that arrived from Mexico.
The shipment was referred by the CBP to be further inspected and 350 packages of methamphetamine were found concealed inside the trailer.
The tractor / trailer was seized by authorities along with the 906 pounds, or 411 kg of methamphetamine. The CBP estimates the meth was worth around $12,700,000.
“This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this weekend,” Port Director David Gonzalez of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry said in a statement.
“Our officers’ astute sense of awareness and tenacity is unparalleled and truly commendable.” He concluded.
The man involved in this seizure has been taken into the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for additional investigating.
Around 175,000 vehicles cross the Pharr-Reynosa Ineternational Bridge each month, and it is a major port of entry for the US-Mexico border, according to officials in Texas.
Kyle James Lee – The AEGIS Alliance – This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.