340 lbs of meth seized from a shipment of carrotsPosted on May 9, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Pharr cargo facility seized close to 340 pounds of methamphetamines on May 9, 2009.
CBP officers working at the Pharr cargo facility intercepted a northbound commercial shipment of carrots. A 41-year-old male driver, operating a Mexican registered tractor-trailer arrived at the Pharr cargo facility and declared a commercial shipment of carrots.
After primary, the driver, tractor-trailer and the commercial shipment of carrots were referred to secondary for an intensive examination. While in secondary, the tractor-trailer rig was referred for a non-intrusive image scan. X-ray images revealed anomalies within the trailer's floor. While conducting an intensive examination of the tractor-trailer rig, officers found 130 methamphetamines packages hidden within the trailer's floor.
The driver, a Mexican citizen from the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico was not immediately arrested. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents continue to investigate this failed smuggling attempt. CBP officers seized the tractor-trailer rig and the methamphetamines.
Source: US Customs/Border Patrol