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Customs officers seize more than a ton of marijuana in Pharr

Posted on : 16-05-2009 | By : Truckdriversnews | In : Thoughts from a trucker, truck driver Industry


HIDALGO - U.S. customs officers found more than a ton of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer full of produce Wednesday.

An agricultural specialist at the cargo facility at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge first noticed discrepancies in the semitrailer’s floor as it headed north into the United States.

A narcotic detector dog sniffed out the drugs, and officers found 270 marijuana packages concealed beneath the commercial shipment.

The driver, a 61-year-old Mexican citizen from Tamaulipas, was not arrested.

The drugs weighed close to 2,350 pounds.

Less than two hours before, customs officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge had discovered 133 pounds of marijuana inside the tires of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee.

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340 pounds of meth found hidden in carrot shipment

Posted on : 12-05-2009 | By : Truckdriversnews | In : truck driver Industry


A record 340 pounds of meth has been taken off the streets after customs officers found it hidden in a shipment of carrots.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers said an 18-wheeler pulled up to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge early Saturday morning.

Customs officers referred the tractor-trailer to secondary inspection where authorities found 130 packages hidden in a false compartment of the floor.

Authorities determined the packages contained about 340 pounds of methamphetamines worth $5.1 million dollars.

Customs officers said it is the largest seizure of meth in the history of the history of the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

The truck driver remains free while U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials continue to investigate the incident.



Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Weapons seizure

Posted on : 07-03-2009 | By : Truckdriversnews | In : truck driver Industry


Customs officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge seized a stash of gun powder, pistol primers, bullet reloads and rifle barrels yesterday afternoon.

The weapons cache was found inside a commercial tractor-trailer as it entered Mexico. Customs and Border Protection officers found 19 bottles of gun powder, 9Ƹ00 pistol primers, 1,100 bullet reloads and two rifle barrels hidden inside the vehicle’s sleeper cap.

The driver, Jose Jesus Miramontes was arrested under federal law for exporting unlicensed items. Miramontes, 58, from Guanajuato, Mexico, was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

CBP officers seized the merchandise and the tractor-trailer.


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