$1.5 million of cocaine hidden in shipment of fresh Malanga

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PHARR, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted $1,538,500 worth of alleged cocaine hidden within a trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh malanga (dasheen).

On January 12, CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Pharr International Bridge referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh malanga for further inspection. Utilizing all available tools and resources, including non-intrusive imaging technology, the officers discovered 80 packages weighing 199.5 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the trailer.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.

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