Broccoli shipment hid $18 million in meth, other drugs at Texas-Mexico border

A shipment of broccoli stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas also had over $18 million in meth and a variety of other drugs, officials say.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped a truck that was purportedly transporting commercial produce at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility Sunday in south Texas, according to a news release.

Border agents scanned the truck, revealing over 400 packages of drugs packed inside, officials said.

Among the “mother lode” was $18.4 million in meth weighing nearly 900 pounds, officials said.

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It also included 87 packages of marijuana that weighed over 200 pounds, about 8 pounds of heroin and a 3-pound package of cocaine, officials said.

“This was truly a notable seizure in the commercial environment,” Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Director Carlos Rodriguez said in the news release.

The criminal investigation remains ongoing, officials said.

Source: Sacramento Bee



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