Cocaine found in lime shipment at Texas port of entry

11:27AM Aug 20, 2019
Courtesy Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas, recently stopped a load of limes containing $1.86 million in cocaine.

The agency inspected a commercial shipment of fresh limes Aug. 17 at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility and found 80 packages of cocaine weighing 202 pounds, according to a news release. A canine team trained to detect drugs helped the officer detect the packages hidden in the trailer.

The truck was seized and Homeland Security Investigations is handling the investigation, according to the release.

The seizure came the day after Customs and Border Protection officers at the same facility found 430 packages of marijuana weighing 1,079 pounds in a truck shipment of tile.

“These were two outstanding interceptions of narcotics in the cargo environment that were accomplished due to great teamwork and perseverance,” Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, said in the release.

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