Laredo, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a significant amount of alleged crystal methamphetamine and marijuana with a combined value of more than $1 million in two enforcement actions.
“This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate the officers in enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics.”
The first seizure occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2016 Volvo Commercial Bus for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system, canine and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of three packages containing 28 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine. The crystal methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $567,023.
The second seizure occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1997 International tractor trailer hauling a shipment of fresh jalapenos for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system, canine and physical inspection by CBP officers led to the discovery of 1,528 packages containing a total of 2,382 pounds of alleged marijuana comingled within the commercial shipment. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $476,458.
The seizures combined have a total estimated street value of $1,043,481.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. Both cases were 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.