PHARR, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Over $4 million worth of methamphetamine was found in a shipment of cucumber pickles being hauled into Texas from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.
The agency said the cargo was seized at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on April 17, 2021.
Border Patrol officers were asked to further examine a tractor-trailer that was carrying a commercial shipment of the produce. Authorities found 114 packages of meth that weighed around 217 pounds, the agency said.
Funky pickles: #CBP officers at #Pharr, Texas International Bridge seize $4M in methamphetamine hidden in a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of cucumber pickles. Read more: https://t.co/kBbPeq4MZm pic.twitter.com/5GhlqABYCW
— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) April 21, 2021
Both the drugs and tractor-trailer were seized as authorities continue to investigate.
“This substantial quantity of hard narcotics will not make its final destination in the United States,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This interdiction reinforces our officers’ role in advancing CBP’s border security mission by preventing dangerous drugs from entering and negatively impacting our communities.”