Over $2 million in marijuana seized in TX lettuce shipment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:21pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso International Bridge discovered a large amount of alleged marijuana valued at approximately $2,028,300 concealed within a commercial shipment of lettuce.

“This is a large load of alleged marijuana that has been stopped at the frontline due to our CBP officers’ vigilance and dedication. I applaud our officers for an outstanding job with this seizure,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Progreso/Donna.

On Monday, January 6, 2014, CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge commercial importation lot came in contact with a 1996 International single cab tractor hauling a trailer with a shipment of lettuce. Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed 337 packages commingled with the shipment of 875 crates of lettuce. CBP officers removed the packages from within the lettuce crates which had a combined total weight of 920 kilograms (2,028.3 pounds) of alleged marijuana.

The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $2,028,300. CBP officers turned the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics, the tractor and trailer.

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