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.
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.
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.