LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine valued at $1.5 million during an enforcement action.
“This was an excellent interception from our CBP officers,” said Acting Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how the officers’ determination, utilization of technology and canines led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”
The incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by a 21-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Leon, Mexico for a secondary examination. A canine and non-intrusive inspection resulted in the discovery of 77 pounds of crystal methamphetamine valued at $1,543,220 hidden in the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle in the case. Both subject and case were 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.