CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize Narcotics Worth More Than $513K This Weekend
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Laredo Port of Entry seized narcotics with an estimated street value of $513,000 in two enforcement actions over the weekend.
“Despite searing heat, our frontline CBP officers continue to maintain their vigilance and that dedication to service yielded two significant narcotics loads that will not reach U.S. streets,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, July 21 when CBP officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge referred a 1997 GMC pickup truck for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers along with the help of a canine team conducted a thorough examination and found narcotics hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers discovered two packages containing a total of eight pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.
The larger of the two seizures occurred on Friday, July 20 when CBP officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge referred a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of plastic scrap for a secondary inspection. Upon a non-intrusive and physical inspection by CBP officers, a total of 140 packages containing a total of 1,792 pounds of alleged marijuana were discovered within the commodity.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $513,494.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics. Both 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.