Progreso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso International Bridge discovered a large amount of alleged marijuana valued at approximately $785,900 concealed within a commercial shipment of jalapeno peppers.
On Friday, November 9, 2012, CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge commercial importation lot came in contact with a male driving a 1996 International single cab tractor hauling a trailer with a shipment of jalapenos. Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed 302 packages commingled with the shipment of nearly 1,000 crates of jalapenos. CBP officers removed the packages from within the jalapeno crates which had a combined total weight of 356.5 kilograms (785.9 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $785,900. CBP officers turned 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.
“This large load of alleged marijuana was stopped by our CBP officers because of their vigilance and dedication. I congratulate our officers for an outstanding job with this seizure,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Progreso/Donna.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.