LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at World Trade Bridge this week discovered $202,000 in cocaine within a tractor arriving at the import lot.
“Our frontline officers maintained strict vigilance at the World Trade Bridge amid soaring heat and their dedication to CBP’s border security mission resulted in a significant interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on July 14 at World Trade Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 1998 Freightliner tractor driven by a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo hauling a commercial shipment of oil/fuel filters for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers utilized all available tools and resources, including non-intrusive imaging systems, and discovered 10 packages containing 26 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the tractor. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $202,640.
CBP officers turned the driver 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.