CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Remain Vigilant As They Seize Over $636K in Hard Narcotics
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of hard narcotics worth more than $636,000 in two enforcement actions over the weekend.
“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 Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I commend our CBP officers for a job well done in keeping these dangerous narcotics off our streets.”
The first seizure occurred on Friday, June 15, when a CBP officer at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge referred a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by a 66-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for a secondary inspection. Upon a non-intrusive and physical inspection by a CBP officer, a total of 15 packages containing 36 pounds of alleged cocaine were discovered within the vehicle.
The last seizure occurred on Saturday, June 16, when a CBP officers assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2016 Nissan Versa, driven by a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen who also resides on Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for a secondary inspection. Upon a non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers, a total of seven packages containing 18 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine were discovered.
The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $636,476.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicles. The drivers were arrested and the cases were turned over to 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.