Laredo, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this weekend seized a significant combination load of alleged heroin and cocaine valued at $1 million.
“Our frontline officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge successfully shut down a million dollar combination load of hard narcotics and prevented them from being peddled on America’s streets,” said Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on June 7 at Gateway to the Americas Bridge when CBP officers referred a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by a 55–year-old male Mexican citizen from Aguascalientes, Mexico for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered a combined total of 16 packages hidden within the vehicle. Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered eight packages that contained 32.54 pounds of alleged cocaine, street-valued at $250,920. CBP officers found another eight packages that contained 33.6 pounds of heroin, carrying an estimated street value of $762,000.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations 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.