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Two tons of drugs found in avocado pulp shipment

U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of alleged marijuana in a shipment of frozen avocado pulp. 

The seizure occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 29, when a CBP officer at World Trade Bridge referred a 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer hauling a shipment of frozen avocado pulp for a secondary inspection. Upon further inspection of the shipment by CBP officers utilizing the non-intrusive imaging system and canine, led to the discovery of 3,003 packages containing a total of 4,739 pounds of alleged marijuana.

pulpPackages containing 4,739 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge.

“Our CBP officers face many challenges daily while facilitating lawful trade,” said Alberto Flores, Laredo port of entry port director. “CBP’s layers of enforcement such as the non-intrusive imaging system, canine and the officer’s experience play an important role in the intercepting of these dangerous narcotics.”

CBP officers seized the narcotics. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.