Officers Seize Over $12 Million Worth of Methamphetamine from Strawberry Shipment at Texas Port

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Packages containing 906 pounds of methamphetamine seized by officers in Texas on Feb. 16, 2019. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Packages containing 906 pounds of
methamphetamine seized by officers in Texas on Feb. 16, 2019. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $12,700,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in a frozen strawberry shipment at a Texas port, the agency said Tuesday in a news release.

Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility stopped a 42-year-old man who was attempting to bring in a commercial shipment of frozen strawberries from Mexico, CBP said.

The shipment was sent for further inspection and officers discovered 350 packages containing around 906 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the trailer, according to CBP.

Officers used imaging equipment along with assistance from CBP canine teams to find the concealed drugs, the news release said.

The man was arrested and released to the custody of Homeland Security agents for further investigation, CBP said.

No further information was available on the case.

In fiscal year 2018, U.S. Border Patrol seized a total of 10,382 pounds of methamphetamine at ports of entry, according to CBP data.

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