CBP officers seize $4.7 million in meth hidden in jalapeños, cucumbers

Officers recovered 239 pounds of meth hidden inside trucks carrying vegetables

(Image courtesy: Customs and Border Protection)
(Image courtesy: Customs and Border Protection)

PHARR, Texas – Customs and Border Protection officers along the Texas border busted two separate tractor-trailers carrying vegetables and recovered $4,786,187 worth of methamphetamine.

On June 30, CBP officers stopped a tractor-trailer carrying jalapenos for a routine inspection. 

With the assistance of drug-sniffing dogs, officers recovered 240 packages of methamphetamine, weighing 132 pounds, hidden with the cargo.

Later that same day, another tractor-trailer carrying cucumbers was stopped for a routine inspection.

Officers recovered 194 packages of methamphetamine, weighing 107 pounds.

Both busts occurred at the Pharr International Bridge during non-intrusive imaging inspections by officers and K-9 teams, according to a CBP press release.

"These two seizures, are evidence of the specialized training and skills of our CBP officers and exemplify the officers’ hard work and dedication to CBP’s border security mission by helping keep narcotics out of our country,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director for the Anzaludas Port of Entry near Mission, Texas.