This is part of a methamphetamine cache hidden in a load of fresh broccoli . the Feb. 16 seizure was valued at almost $18.5 million. ( Courtesy Customs and Border Protection )

A load of fresh broccoli entering the U.S. at a Texas border entry was found to have almost $18.5 million worth of narcotics hidden in the trailer.

Customs and Border Protection officers found the drugs, mostly methamphetamine, Feb 16 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge crossing, according to a news release.

An officer referred the tractor-trailer to a cargo facility for further examination, where 432 packages of suspected narcotics were found in the trailer, according to the release.

That included:

  • Methamphetamine: 895 pounds, valued at $18 million;
  • Marijuana: 202 pounds, valued at $40,000;
  • Heroin: Almost nine pounds, valued at $353,000; and
  • Cocaine: 3.3 pounds, valued at $25,500.

The case is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, according to the release.

“This was truly a notable seizure in the commercial environment,” Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas director. “Our officers’ ability to maintain an excellent enforcement posture while keeping trade flowing and uninterrupted is one of our main priorities.”

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Submitted by Mark Bryan on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 09:35

The farmers need you to get this information out to the public. You are reporting to the farmers who know this is how produce is so cheap ! Cartel using produce to bring drugs in the country ! Good reporting but you are preaching to the choir.