( Courtesy US Customs and Border Protection )

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized a half-ton of methamphetamine worth more than $14 million concealed in a commercial shipment of fresh produce in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

CBP Field Operations officers at the Pharr International Bridge on Feb. 6 stopped a truck carrying fresh bell peppers from Mexico, and referred it to more inspection, according to a news release. Using a canine team and non-intrusive imaging technology, officers found 364 packages of what’s believed to be methamphetamine, weighing a total of 1,005 pounds. Officers also found about 10 pounds of alleged cocaine.

“This was truly an outstanding interception of hard narcotics that our CBP officers effected yesterday at the cargo facility,” Port Director David Gonzalez, of the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, said in the release. “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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