Feds find half ton of marijuana hidden in coconut shipment at US-Mexico border

Posted at 4:20 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 16:19:17-04

PHARR, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discovered more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana hidden within a commercial shipment of coconuts in Texas.

Officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility at the United States-Mexico border encountered a large semitrailer with coconuts from Mexico on Monday.

The truck was investigated using non-intrusive imaging inspection and a canine team.

Upon investigating, officers discovered a total of 2,486 packages of concealed marijuana inside of the coconuts.

“Our officers’ ability to use all available resources combined with their experience has resulted in numerous discoveries of narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr.

The drugs which were valued at approximately $285,000.

The case is under investigation.