CBP Officers Create a Double Play as They Intercept Two Narcotics Loads With a Combined Value of $850K
LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers continue to remain vigilant and were successful in intercepting dangerous narcotics this week with a combined estimated street value of more than $850,000 in two enforcement actions.
“The CBP officers’ experience played a significant role in these interceptions,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Our CBP officers’ hard work, perseverance and utilization of our canines and non-intrusive imaging systems resulted in the interception of these hard narcotics.”
The most recent seizure took place on Thursday, October 17 at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2016 Suzuki Ciaz for a secondary inspection. A canine inspection was conducted which yielded a positive alert for the odor of narcotics. Upon a non-intrusive imaging and physical inspection by CBP officers, a total of 15 packages totaling 17 pounds of alleged methamphetamine were discovered hidden within the vehicle.
The prior seizure took place on Wednesday, October 16 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2006 Dodge Caravan for a secondary inspection. A canine inspection was conducted which yielded a positive alert for the odor of narcotics. Upon a non-intrusive imaging and physical inspection by CBP officers, a total of seven packages totaling 38 pounds of alleged heroin and cocaine were discovered hidden within the vehicle.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $859,080.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles. The cases were 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.