Customs and Border Protection found cocaine hidden inside a trailer load of fresh malanga. ( Courtesy Customs and Border Protection )

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently discovered $1.54 million in cocaine in a trailer of fresh malanga in south Texas.

The commercial load of malanga crossed from Mexico into the U.S. at the Pharr International Bridge on Jan. 12. Officers referred the tractor-trailer for more inspection, according to a news release. Officers used non-intrusive imaging to scan the shipment and found 80 packages weighing almost 200 pounds of cocaine in the trailer, according to the release.

“Great teamwork and resiliency is what allows our frontline officers to make interceptions like this one this weekend at the cargo facility,” Carlos Rodriguez, director of the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, said in the release.

The CBP’s Office of Field Operations seized the tractor-trailer, and the case went to Homeland Security Investigations.

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