Authorities seize 3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as watermelons

Watermelon-shaped packages containing 3,000 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge in watermelon shipment. (Photo courtesy of CBP)

PHARR -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as watermelons at the Pharr International Bridge.

According to CBP, a white 1993 Thermo King tractor trailer carrying watermelons was passing through the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility when their officers referred it to a secondary inspection.

During the secondary inspection both a non-intrusive imaging system and a canine team were used to search the truck.

The search resulted in the discovery of 390 packages disguised as watermelons. The packages contained a total of 3,000 pounds of alleged marijuana, which CBP reports is valued at approximately $600,092.

“Smugglers continue to be creative as they attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry in a release. “Our frontline CBP officers’ experience, vigilance and attention to detail prevents the introduction of these dangerous drugs into our country.”

The case is currently under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.