CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize $331K in Methamphetamine in Canned Produce; Three Arrested
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently apprehended three pedestrians in connection with the seizure of alleged methamphetamine with a street value of $331,000 hidden within cans of produce.
“Our frontline officers continue to maintain vigilance while conducting their inspections and the judicious application of experience and instinct resulted in the arrest of three pedestrians and the seizure of a significant load of hard narcotics hidden within canned produce,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Tuesday, May 15, when CBP officers at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge referred three pedestrians: a 29-year-old man and two women, ages 22 and 28, all U.S. citizens, for a secondary examination. Further examination utilizing a CBP canine and non-intrusive imaging systems resulted in the discovery of 23.63 pounds of methamphetamine in cans of hominy and jalapeños within travelers’ baggage. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $331,000.
CBP seized the narcotics, arrested all three pedestrians and referred the case for further 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.