LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the World Trade Bridge seized methamphetamine with a street value of over $3 million that was found within a commercial trailer.
“International trade continues to show extraordinary growth, causing illicit drug traffickers to become bold in their attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Tuesday, July 14th at the World Trade Bridge when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of tile arriving from Mexico. The 1999 Freightliner tractor and shipment was referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 70 packages containing 164.81 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the commodity.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $3,296,317.
CBP officers seized the trailer and narcotics. 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.