200 Pounds of Cocaine Seized in Big Rig Drug Bust

Pharr, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials seized almost 200 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden inside a trailer last weekend.

According to CBP, on January 12 agents with the Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility referred a tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh malanga (otherwise known as “dasheen” or “taro,” a root vegetable) for further inspection.

Utilizing all available tools and resources, including non-intrusive imaging technology, the officers discovered 80 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 199.5 pounds (90.5 kg) hidden inside the trailer.

 

CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tractor-trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Officials estimate the alleged cocaine to be valued at $1,538,500.

“Great teamwork and resiliency is what allows our frontline officers to make interceptions like this one this weekend at the cargo facility,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

CBP did not say whether the truck driver suspected of hauling the shipment was in custody or could face charges.

 


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