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Border agents in Pharr, Texas seize $1.1 million of cocaine stashed inside shipment of mangos

May 22, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Border agents in Pharr, Texas seize $1.1 million of cocaine stashed inside shipment of mangos

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents stationed at the Pharr International Bridge in South Texas have seized over $1 million in illegal drugs concealed inside two commercial vehicles. The drugs included 151 pounds of cocaine inside a shipment of mangos from Mexico.

According to a CBP statement, officers observed a commercial vehicle driven by a 51-year-old Mexican national from Michoacán, Mexico, that had crossed the bridge carrying a load of mangos.

Agents referred the shipment to a secondary inspection station for further examination.

Officials said while inspecting the truck using a non-invasive scanning system, an abnormality was detected in the consignment prompting officers to conduct a physical examination.

Upon further investigation, they discovered 60 bundles of cocaine weighing 151 pounds, worth an estimated street value of $1,165,000.

Border authorities seized the truck along with the shipment and arrested the driver, who was transferred over to the custody over to the Dept. Homeland Security Investigations (HIS).

Earlier in the day, CBP officials at the Pharr point of entry confiscated 685 pounds of marijuana from another commercial vehicle earlier that crossed the bridge from the city of Reynosa driven by a 26-year-old Mexican national from Nuevo Leon.

Border agents were alerted after K-9 unit detected the scent of marijuana inside the truck and discovered 685 pounds of marijuana stashed inside 60 packages of marijuana worth $137,000. Officers seized the vehicle along with the cargo and arrested the driver, who was subsequently turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

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