PHARR–Drug smugglers tried to use clay pots to smuggle more than one thousand pounds of marijuana at an international bridge in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility seized over 1,100 pounds of marijuana in a commercial shipment of clay pots. It has a street value of about $905,000.
CBP officers at the Pharr cargo facility came in contact with a white 1987 Volvo tractor pulling a utility trailer last Saturday that contained a manifested commercial shipment of clay pots.
The tractor/trailer was sent for an intensive examination of both cargo and conveyance. CBP officers discovered packages of marijuana, which were concealed within the clay pots.
CBP officers discovered 1,877 packages containing about 1,131 pounds of marijuana. Officers seized the marijuana, the tractor/trailer and the cargo as well.
“Drug trafficking organizations utilize a wide variety of techniques to smuggle narcotics in commercial shipments as evident by previous seizures and this latest interception involving clay pots,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers utilize all available tools and especially their inquisitive sense for detecting anomalies, whether it’s in the private vehicle environment or in the commercial arena to detect narcotics and keep them from crossing our border.”