Pickles Stuffed With Meth Found In Texas

“Funky Pickles” Were Seized by CBP in Texas

The pickles after being seized by CBP
Credits: Cnn.com

The pickles after being seized by CBP Credits: Cnn.com

Katherine Conner, Staff Writer/ Editor

Customs and Border Protection recently found $4 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hidden in pickles. The “meth pickles” were found at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in South Texas. 

On April 17, CBP officers examined a tractor-trailer carrying a shipment of fresh cucumber pickles with a non-intrusive imaging system and found it was hiding 114 packages of alleged methamphetamine, weighing 217 pounds, according to a statement. That’s $4,343,000 worth of drugs, CBP officials said. 

CNN states the Office of Field Operations seized the drugs and the tractor-trailer.  “This substantial quantity of hard narcotics will not make its final destination in the United States. This interdiction reinforces our officers’ role in advancing CBP’s border security mission by preventing dangerous drugs from entering and negatively impacting our communities,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said. 

CBP South Texas tweeted a picture of the drugs smuggled in the produce, calling them “funky pickles”. On November 17, 2020, officers at the bridge also found 330 packages of suspected meth- $11,618,000 in street value- in a trailer carrying a shipment of broccoli and other produce, according to the agency.  According to CDL Life, Director Rodriguez said “Our officers working at the commercial facility in Pharr accomplished this discovery of methamphetamine through effective use of all available tools and resources. These narcotics did not cross the border and will never inflict harm on our communities”. 

Both cases remain under investigation by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations. According to Freight Wavealmost $400 million in narcotics were seized from trucks attempting to cross from Mexico into the U.S. during 2020.