U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that it seized $12.7 million worth of methamphetamine being smuggled into the United States by a Mexican citizen who hid the drugs among frozen strawberries.
The discovery was made in Pharr, Texas last weekend, where CBP used imaging technology and the drug sniffing dogs President Donald J. Trump referenced in his recent rally to detect the nearly $13 million worth of methamphetamine hidden among frozen strawberries.
According to CBP, the shipment was being driven by a Mexican citizen delivering the strawberries to the United States.
On Feb. 16, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a 42-year-old male Mexican citizen with a commercial shipment of frozen strawberries arriving from Mexico. CBP referred the shipment for further inspection and with the use of all available tools and resources, officers discovered 350 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the trailer. CBP OFO seized 906 pounds of methamphetamine (411 kg) along with the tractor/trailer.
This seizure is another example of the massive crisis at the United States-Mexico southern border. Currently more United States Citizens die each year of drug overdoses than the total number of Americans killed during the military action in Vietnam, something President Trump has pointed out repeatedly.
A great portion of these drugs flow into the United States from the porous southern border, where CBP finds itself overwhelmed, having to monitor both the official ports of entry, and hundreds of miles of unprotected border, where President Trump wants to construct a big, beautiful wall.
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