Oct. 21 was a big day at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, one of the U.S.-Mexico border crossings in Texas’ most southern tip.
A big tractor-trailer manifested for its shipment of fresh tomatoes from Mexico was stopped on its way into the U.S. Upon a second examination, border agents discovered 384 packages of what they believe to be marijuana hidden among the tomatoes.
“Once on the inspection dock, officers collaboratively discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the boxes of tomatoes,” reads a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “Ultimately, officers removed and seized 384 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 1,940 pounds, which carries an estimated street value of $1,940,000.”
Those are some expensive tomatoes.
“Our frontline CBP officers intercepted this significant load of marijuana thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources,” said Efrain Solis Jr., director of the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “It all begins with our targeting abilities, having the technology to pre-target arriving shipments is paramount in our interdiction efforts.”