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CBP Officers Seize $212K in Cocaine at Laredo Port of Entry

Release Date: 
March 22, 2016

LAREDO, Texas –Amid an onslaught of Holy Week traffic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Laredo Port of Entry this weekend discovered a vehicle with more than gas in the tank-- $212,500 in cocaine.

“Smuggling groups sometimes attempt to exploit peak travel periods like Holy Week to ply their illicit commerce but our CBP officers maintained their vigilance, applied their experience, inspection skills and seized a significant load of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. 

The seizure occurred on Mar. 19 at Gateway to the Americas Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by a 78-year-old male U.S. citizen for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 10 containers in the gas tank filled with a total of nearly 28 pounds of alleged cocaine. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $212,500.

CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017