Saturday, July 21, 2012

CBP Officers At South Texas Port Of Entry Seize $1M Worth Of Marijuana

Rio Grande City, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the Rio Grande City, Texas port of entry seized over 1,300 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1,050,000.

On July 19, CBP officers at the port encountered a white 1991 Freightliner tractor pulling a white utility trailer, which had arrived containing a manifested shipment of commercial limes. The shipment was referred to secondary for a thorough examination of conveyance and merchandise.

After offloading the commodity for a closer inspection, CBP officers discovered 244 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 1,312 pounds, mixed in with the boxes containing the fresh limes. CBP seized the narcotics, tractor/trailer and the cartons of limes.

“This was a tremendous effort by our officers. Their exceptional commitment to help keep drugs from entering our country was exemplified with this big seizure of marijuana that was detected at the Rio Grande City cargo lot,” said Severiano Solis, port director. “This seizure occurred due to great teamwork and the use of all available resources.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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