LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry stopped a triple threat this weekend, seizing a load of three different kinds of hard narcotics with a combined value of nearly $900,000.
“Seizing this significant load of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin this weekend underscores our commitment to preventing dangerous drugs from entering our country and our continued and vigilant pursuit of CBP’s border security mission,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 41-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized their inspections knowledge and experience along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted seven packages containing a total of 16.75 pounds of alleged cocaine, eight packages containing a total of 19.38 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and nine packages containing a total of 21.82 pounds of alleged heroin hidden within the vehicle. The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $895,500.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and arrested the driver. The case remains 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.