LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a noteworthy amount of alleged crystal methamphetamine inside a tractor at Laredo Port of Entry.
“Being vigilant at all times is a key component ingrained into our officers from the CBP academy,” said (A) Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how an officer’s experience and attention to detail is crucial at our frontlines.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer driven by a 53-year-old male Mexican national from the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. CBP officer referred the tractor trailer for an intensive inspection. Upon a canine and non-intrusive inspection of the tractor, a total of two bundles were discovered allegedly containing 13 pounds of crystal methamphetamine valued at $103,020.
CBP officers seized the tractor and narcotics. The driver was arrested and the case was then 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.