U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities made two huge busts at the Pharr International Bridge last week totaling over 1 ton of marijuana.
The first seizure occurred on Feb. 19 when an empty tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico was referred for further investigation.
Upon search they found 343 packages of marijuana, weighing 818 pounds, hidden within the trailer.
The second seizure occurred three days later when a commercial shipment of fresh avocados arrived. Within that shipment, agents found 421 packages of marijuana.
In all, 2,119 pounds of marijuana was seized.
“Marijuana is being intercepted in large quantities in this region both at and in between the ports of entry,” said Port Director David Gonzalez,Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. ”CBP officers at our port and throughout the Laredo Field Office are encountering and seizing colossal loads of marijuana.”