LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers maintained strict vigilance and recently seized more than $728,000 in fentanyl in a single enforcement action at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.
“Our frontline CBP officers continued to remain vigilant amid heavy Semana Santa traffic and that dedication to the border security mission yielded a significant seizure of fentanyl,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Thursday, April 18 at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered 10 packages containing a total 26 pounds of alleged fentanyl hidden within the conveyance. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $728,000.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the case was 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.