LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of hard narcotics with a combined total street value exceeding $1.7 million in two enforcement actions over the weekend.
“These significant seizures illustrate the commitment our CBP officers have in keeping these dangerous narcotics off our streets while processing traffic in a timely manner,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The most recent seizure occurred on Sunday, May 6, when CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge seized nine pounds of alleged heroin in five packages concealed within a 2005 Ford pickup driven by a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen resident of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The largest of the two seizures occurred on Friday, May 4, when CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge seized 76 pounds of alleged methamphetamine in 63 packages hidden within a 2007 Nissan Tiida, driven by a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen also a resident from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $1,737,756.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicles. The drivers were arrested and the cases were turned over to 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.