Customs and Border Protection officers seized $4 million in methamphetamine hidden in a commercial shipment of cucumber pickles.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection via CNN

'Funky pickles' seized by Border Protection turn out to be $4 million worth of meth

By Rachel Trent, CNN | Posted - Apr. 25, 2021 at 2:01 p.m.



PHARR, Texas (CNN) — Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized more than $4 million worth of suspected methamphetamine at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility, the agency said.

On April 17, CBP officers examined a tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh cucumber pickles into Texas 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 said.

The CBP's Office of Field Operations seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.

"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 photo of the drugs smuggled in the produce, calling them "funky pickles."

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating.

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