CBP Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry Intercept Narcotics Worth Over $1.4 Million
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 $1.4 million in one enforcement action at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge.
“Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and the technology they utilize on a daily basis played a key role in the discovery,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”
The seizure occurred on Monday, Apr. 15, at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 35-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Nuevo Laredo for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection, CBP officers discovered 63 packages containing a total of 70 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,410,944.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. 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.