( Courtesy Customs and Border Protection )

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr (Texas) International Bridge recently found more than a ton of marijuana hidden in a commercial load of avocados.

The officers discovered 421 packages of marijuana weighing 2,119 pounds in the shipment Feb. 22. The marijuana, valued at $424,000, was discovered after a “thorough inspection utilizing all available tools and resources,” according to a news release.

The interception followed a similar seizure on Feb. 19 at the port of entry, when 343 packages of marijuana weighing 818 pounds was found in an empty tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico. The two shipments are valued at $587,000, according to the release.

“Marijuana is being intercepted in large quantities in this region both at and in between the ports of entry,” Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, said in the release. “CBP officers at our port and throughout the Laredo Field Office are encountering and seizing colossal loads of marijuana.”

The CBP Office of Field Operations used canines and non-intrusive imaging technology in the seizures. Homeland Security Investigations is handling the cases.

 
Comments
Submitted by Dave on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:36

It's time the USA use military might in Mexico to rid the country of drug cartels, Mexico isn't going to do anything

Submitted by Leather Paint on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 13:56

Don't be FOOLISH. That's such an idealistic dream most disgruntled Americans hold. NEVER, in the next 6 yrs, will American Military use "might", in, Mexico.

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Submitted by don on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 15:17

if cannabis were legal in all 50 states this would not be an issue there would be no money in smuggling cannabis. Other types of drugs is another issue.

Submitted by Stan on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 08:37

Wow, what a waste! Could be put to good use. My vet. father would love to use some of this rather than the physically addictive Oxycodone he's prescribed now for his pain issues. Marijuana should've never been legalized to begin with.