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Border Patrol agents in Texas seized $1.3 Million in narcotics concealed in a trailer and bus on the same day

December 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in Texas seized $1.3 Million in narcotics concealed in a trailer and bus on the same day

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U.S. Border Patrol Field Operations at the Hidalgo and Pharr Bridges in Texas confiscated $1,313,901 worth of marijuana and cocaine on December 19th in two separate drug busts, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

“These are remarkable interceptions by our officers in the cargo and passenger environments,” Acting Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said. “They continue to make significant seizures by combining their experience with technology and other tools to accomplish the CBP mission.”

The first seizure took place at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP agents found narcotics hidden inside of a 1993 Mercedes Benz bus.

The driver was heading from Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Houston. During a secondary inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers used a non-intrusive imaging x-ray system along with the assistance of a canine team to find the drugs.

Border Patrol agents recovered 41 packages which contained 109 pounds of cocaine worth roughly $843,880.

Later that day, CBP agents working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor-trailer driving a shipment of vegetables.

After the truck was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers found 197 packages which had 2,350 pounds of marijuana packed with the vegetables. The alleged narcotics are worth an estimated $470,021.

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