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CBP Officers Seize $202K in Cocaine at World Trade Bridge

Release Date: 
July 15, 2016

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. 

Packages containing 26 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge
Packages containing 26 pounds of cocaine seized
by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017