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Austin Area Man is Arrested in Connection with a $200,000 Cocaine Seizure at the Laredo Port of Entry

Release Date: 
November 3, 2014

LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry welcomed the month of November with a narcotics seizure valued at more than $200,000 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge.  

“We are proud of our officers as they work vigilantly to keep us safe from all threats,” said Acting Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry.  “Their continued hard work paid off in yet another narcotics interception.” 

Bundles containing 30 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers in Laredo, Texas.

Bundles containing 30 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers in Laredo, Texas.

The seizure occurred on Nov. 1, when a CBP officer referred a 2005 Dodge Ram pick-up truck driven by a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen from Del Valle, Texas for a secondary examination.  An intensive inspection of the pick-up truck by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 12 bundles containing nearly 30 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle.

CBP officers seized the Dodge Ram truck and the alleged cocaine that has an estimated street worth of $229,330.  The subject was arrested by CBP officers and then turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

CBP’s Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017