CBP Agents Seize $4.3 M Worth of Meth in Pickle Shipment

PHARR, TX – United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents discovered and seized 217 pounds of meth, with a market value of over $4.3 M.

The narcotics were concealed in a shipment of “fresh cucumber pickles”.

On April 17, CBP agents referred a truck hauling commercial produce shipment to a secondary inspection at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr. Using non-intrusive imaging systems, CBP officers uncovered 217 pounds (98.5 kilos) of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.

CBP Agents Seize $4.3 M Worth of Meth in Pickle Shipment
Packages containing 217 pounds of methamphetamine
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge. Photo by: CBP

Both the tractor-trailer and the narcotics were seized by the CBP. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.

“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.”