LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge this weekend seized more than $190,000 in cocaine hidden in a vehicle.
“This seizure underscores the steadfast commitment of our frontline officers to carrying out our border security mission and preventing narcotics from reaching our streets,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Aug. 14 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 36-year-old male U.S. citizen from Laredo, Texas for a secondary inspection. CBP officers conducted a thorough examination and utilizing all resources discovered 10 bundles containing a total of 24.64 pounds of cocaine hidden within the truck. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $190,060.
CBP officers arrested the driver and tuned him 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.