CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize Nearly $1M in Methamphetamine in Back-to-Back Enforcement Actions This Weekend
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry this weekend seized nearly $1 million in methamphetamine in separate enforcement actions.
“Our frontline officers remain dedicated to CBP’s border security mission and that commitment to keeping America safe showed in two separate seizures of hard narcotics; one in a passenger vehicle and the other in the commercial environment,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The larger of the two seizures occurred on Saturday, July 6 when CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2007 Toyota Camry for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system along with the help of a canine team discovered narcotics hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers discovered 33 packages containing a total of 58 pounds of alleged methamphetamine. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $814,820.
The other seizure also occurred on July 6, but at the World Trade Bridge. CBP officers referred a commercial truck hauling express consignment packages for a secondary examination. Utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system and CBP canines, CBP officers discovered six candles containing a total of 10.14 pounds of alleged methamphetamine. The meth has an estimated street value of $141,976.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the Camry. 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.