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Texas border patrol seize nearly $1 million in cocaine hidden in tomatoes

Staff Writer | March 9, 2019
Border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas had a productive weekend—seizing $3 million in drugs including more than $850,000 in cocaine that was being smuggled in a shipment of tomatoes.
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“Securing the cargo environment is a critical mission for [Customs and Border Protection] and this weekend’s significant cocaine seizure underscores the need for our officers to stay ever-vigilant and aware of the narcotics threat while facilitating lawful commerce,” Albert Flores, the port director at Laredo Port of Entry told KTXS12 News.

The Dallas Morning News reported that onMarch 1 an officer with CBP stopped a tractor trailer.

When officials searched the truck, they found 111 packages of cocaine hidden in 44 packages.

If they had been sold on the street, the drug could have raked in $857,500.

On March 2, officials at another bridge border crossing in Laredo stopped a man with an American passport who was driving through the crossing.

In his vehicle they found 4 pounds of heroin and 120 pounds of methamphetamine, which were detected using drug-sniffing dogs.

Those drugs had a street value of more than $2 million, officials said.