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CBP Officers Seize $214K in Cocaine at World Trade Bridge

Release Date: 
July 29, 2016

LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at World Trade Bridge this week seized more than $214,000 in cocaine hidden in a bobtail tractor.

“Our officers continue to maintain strict vigilance of all traffic in the cargo environment and by applying discipline, experience and all our technological resources, our officers seized a significant amount of cocaine,” said (Acting) Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. 

Packages containing a total of nearly 28 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge
Packages containing nearly 28 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge

The seizure occurred on July 27 at World Trade Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2009 Kenworth tractor with no trailer driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers employed all available tools and resources, including non-intrusive imaging systems and canines, and discovered 12 bundles containing a total of nearly 28 pounds of cocaine hidden within the tractor. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $214,540.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017