REPORT: Border officials seize MASSIVE haul of methamphetamine hidden in shipment of fresh produce… and ROCKS!

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PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge discovered half a ton of methamphetamine worth $14,075,000 and nearly 10 pounds of cocaine concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh produce.

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

The article goes on to state the following:

CBP Field Operations officers working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility on Feb. 6 encountered a commercial shipment of fresh bell peppers arriving from Mexico and the shipment was referred for further inspection. With the use of a non-intrusive imaging (NII) inspection along with the assistance of a (canine team), officers discovered 364 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 1,005 pounds (456 kg) and four packages of alleged cocaine weighing 9.92 pounds (4.5 kg) concealed within the commercial trailer. The total estimated street value for the narcotics is $14,152,000.

In yet ANOTHER report, Border agents in Calexico, California busted a Mexican man hauling in a truck load of artificial decorative rocks, in which was hidden $1.1 million worth of methamphetamine.  The report reads as follows:

At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 1, CBP officers encountered the 66-year-old Mexican citizen as he entered the port of entry driving a Freightliner tractor and towing a trailer containing a manifested shipment of decorative rocks.  During a preliminary inspection, a CBP canine alerted to the conveyance, and officers referred the driver for further screening through the port’s X-ray imaging system.

CBP officers reviewed the X-ray scans and detected anomalies inside cavities within the artificial rocks. Officers offloaded the shipment, searched the hollow areas in the rocks, and ultimately discovered 120 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside.

Once removed, the methamphetamine yielded a total weight of 395 pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.1 million.

CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer and narcotics.

The driver was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.  CBP officers turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.  He was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.

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