LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at multiple crossings within Laredo Port of Entry seized more than $770,000 in hard narcotics and controlled prescription medication in two separate, unrelated enforcement actions.
“These significant interceptions of hard narcotics and commonly abused controlled opioid medication underscore the grim reality of the drug threat our officers face everyday and their resolute intent to uphold CBP’s border security mission,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
On Jan. 21, CBP officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge cargo facility referred a 2017 Freightliner tractor driven by a 38-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted eight packages containing a total of 25 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the tractor. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $350,002.
On Jan. 20, CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2010 Chevy Captiva driven by a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas for a secondary examination. CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team and discovered hidden within the vehicle seven packages containing 18.52 pounds of alleged heroin and four packages containing 47,063 pills of alleged Oxycodone. The alleged heroin has an estimated street value of $420,000 and the alleged Oxycodone, depending on dosage unit strength can have an estimated street value of $1.8 million or higher.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and arrested both drivers. The 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.