CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize Over $1.5 Million in Hard Narcotics
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry seized methamphetamine valued at more than $1.5 million in an enforcement action over the weekend.
“Our CBP officers continue to demonstrate a strong enforcement posture,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry. “By making a significant seizure with a street value exceeding $1.5 million this weekend, the Port of Laredo continues to demonstrate its commitment to securing our nation.”
The seizure occurred on Sunday, July 29 when CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2017 Dodge Journey driven by a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen from Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico 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 18 packages containing a total of 110 pounds of alleged methamphetamine. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $1.5 million.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicle. The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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.