CBP Officers Intercept Hard Narcotics Worth Over $11.5 Million At The World Trade Bridge
LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a significant amount of hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $11.5 million in one enforcement action at the World Trade Bridge.
“This seizure was an enforcement action against transnational criminal organizations that exemplifies the vigilance and dedication our officers practice daily to stop the scourge of hard narcotics from infiltrating our communities,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Saturday, April 25, at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2020 International trailer hauling a shipment of stone tile for a secondary examination. The trailer was driven by a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen traveling from Jalisco, Mexico to Los Angeles, California. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 579.37 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $11,587,378.
CBP seized the narcotics and trailer. The driver was arrested 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.