LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized alleged cocaine valued at nearly a quarter-million dollars in an enforcement action at one of our international bridges during the Fourth of July weekend.
“Our CBP officers remain vigilant in their enforcement efforts while providing a public service,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “The challenges our CBP officers face on a daily basis while facilitating lawful trade and travel are many. It is not an easy task and entails many responsibilities, but our officers remain committed to carrying out our border security mission.”
The seizure occurred on Monday, July 4 at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2003 Ford pickup driven by a 35-year-old Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo for a secondary inspection. A canine alerted to the vehicle and a non-intrusive imaging system inspection by CBP officers assisted in the discovery of 12 packages allegedly containing 31 pounds of cocaine. The contraband has a street value of $240,380.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The subject was arrested and the case was then turned 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.