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Border Patrol in Texas seizes more than $12 million of meth stashed inside shipment of strawberries

The drugs were discovered during an inspection at the port near McAllen, Texas

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Texas seized more than $12 million worth of meth over the weekend.

"This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this weekend," Port Director David Gonzalez, said in a news release Tuesday. "Our officers' astute sense of awareness and tenacity is unparalleled and truly commendable."

What are the details?

The bust was carried out by the agency's Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility near McAllen, Texas.

Officers discovered the drugs hidden in a shipment of frozen strawberries. The agency said the drugs were valued at $12.7 million.

On Saturday, officers came across a 42-year-old Mexican national with a commercial shipment of strawberries from Mexico, the release said.

The shipment was referred for further inspection by the agency's canine teams and non-intrusive imaging technologies. That's when CBP officers discovered 350 packages of methamphetamine stashed inside the trailer.

"CBP OFO seized 906 pounds of methamphetamine (411 kg) along with the tractor/trailer," according to the release.

CBP Officers arrested the man who was transporting the haul. He was then released to the custody of Homeland Security for further investigation.

What else?

At Arizona's Port of Lukeville, a 23-year-old woman from Mexico was arrested on Friday for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 12 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a pound of heroin into the U.S., according to CBP.

A canine unit alerted CBP officers who discovered the drugs tucked inside the manifold of her Mercedes Benz SUV, according to a news release. The woman was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security. The drugs had an estimated value of more than $36,000. The officers also seized more than a pound of heroin, valued at more than $35,000.

Also on Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents in California arrested two women who attempted to smuggle methamphetamine into the country from Mexico, the agency said in a release Tuesday. The 19- and 16-year-old Mexican nationals were riding in a passenger bus that stopped at a checkpoint for inspection.

A canine unit detected the drugs inside luggage bags placed inside the overhead compartment. Agents discovered 31 packages of meth inside the bags. The drugs weighed more than 10 pounds and have an estimated street value of nearly $28,000, according to officials.

Both of the women were arrested and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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