CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Interdict $1.3M in Hard Narcotics in Three Seizures
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry hit a three-run homer this weekend, seizing three separate loads of hard narcotics with a combined value of $1.3 million.
“Our frontline officers continued their strict vigilance this weekend and their determination and commitment to the border security mission resulted in three significant hard narcotics seizures totaling $1.3 million,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The most recent seizure occurred on Sunday, Feb. 25, when CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge seized 29.87 pounds of alleged methamphetamine in 16 packages concealed within a 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo León.
The largest of the three seizures occurred on Friday, Feb. 23 when CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized 62.43 pounds of alleged cocaine in 24 packages hidden within a 2017 Toyota Yaris driven by a 24-year-old female Mexican citizen accompanied by a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen passenger, both from Monterrey, Nuevo León.
Also on the same day, CBP officers at the same bridge seized 61 pounds of alleged cocaine in 23 packages hidden within a 2008 Dodge Dakota driven by a 62-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo León.
In each seizure, CBP officers conducted a thorough secondary examination, utilizing canine units and non-intrusive imaging systems to aid in locating the hidden narcotics. The seized narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $1.3 million.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and arrested the drivers and passenger. All three cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.