CBP Field Operations Seizes more than $1.6 Million in Heroin, Cocaine, Norephedrine at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge this weekend seized a poly-drug load valued at more than $1.6 million containing heroin, cocaine and a potent amphetamine that officers discovered hidden within a passenger vehicle arriving from Mexico.
“Our officers maintained strict vigilance and dedication to CBP’s border security mission and their perseverance yielded a significant poly-drug load characterized by a substantial amount of heroin,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “By utilizing an effective combination of officer experience and high tech tools, our frontline officers were able to help keep their community safe.”
The seizure occurred on Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019 when CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2010 Chrysler Avenger driven by a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen for further inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) systems, canines, and all available resources, officers discovered 28 packages of alleged heroin and one package each of alleged cocaine and norephedrine hydrochloride hidden within the vehicles.
CBP OFO seized a total of 72.5 pounds of heroin, 2.24 pounds of cocaine and 2.46 pounds of norephedrine hydrochloride with a combined estimated street value of more than $1.6 million along with the vehicle.
CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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