LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of cocaine valued at more than $196,000 during a routine vehicle examination.
“Our frontline officers continue to maintain their vigilance and their resolute dedication to carrying out CBP’s border security mission day in and day out contributed to this significant narcotics find,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when CBP officers referred a 1996 Buick Skylark driven by a 20-year-old-male U.S. citizen from Laredo, Texas to secondary for an intensive inspection. After conducting a thorough examination and with the assistance of a canine team, CBP officers discovered 10 packages within the vehicle containing a total of 25.44 pounds of alleged cocaine. The narcotics carry an estimated street value of $196,180.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.