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$1.6 million cocaine in carrot shipment

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted cocaine worth $1.6 million in a commercial shipment of fresh carrots. 96 kg Coc courtesy CBP Hidalgo

“I commend our officers assigned to the cargo facility for their continued resolve in keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our border,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

This seizure occurred Sep. 26 after CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer containing fresh carrots arriving from Mexico. After referring the shipment for a more thorough inspection, which included the utilization of a non-intrusive imaging system, officers located 60 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 211.64 pounds hidden within the trailer.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the tractor-trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.