$5.4 million worth of meth found stashed among papayas

Updated May 22, 2024
606 pounds of meth seized at the U.S.-Mexico border
606 pounds of meth seized at the U.S.-Mexico border
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry recently seized more than $5.4 million in methamphetamines.

The seizure occurred on May 9 at the Pharr International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of papayas for secondary inspection. CBP officers conducted a thorough examination that included utilization of a non-intrusive inspection system and CBP canines.

Upon further physical examination, CBP officers discovered 369 packages containing a total of 606 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the conveyance. The narcotics had a street value of $5,419,700.

“This large seizure illustrates the dedication of our frontline officers to CBP’s border security mission and their effective utilization of inspections technology and canines to detect and interdict narcotics,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. 

CBP seized the narcotics. Homeland Security Investigations special agents initiated a criminal investigation.