Photo: Customs & Border Protection
Border agents working the Pharr, Texas border crossing seized $45 million in illegal narcotics found in a shipment of fresh tomatoes coming in from Mexico.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were working at the busy Pharr-Reynosa International crossing, this past weekend, when a 1995 Freightliner tractor-trailer attempted to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. The shipment manifest said fresh toamtoes but agent were suspicious possibly because of the dated mode of transportation.
Upon further inspections agents found a treasure trove of illegal drugs stashed within the boxes of fresh tomatoes. They removed 110 pounds of coke, 294 pounds of heroin and nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine. All the drugs were packaged individually ready for distribution; with an estimated street value of $45 million. The illegal coke shipment alone holds a value of $35 million.
The agents made no arrests, but U.S. Homeland Security Investigations continues to investigate the matter.