LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at World Trade Bridge literally floored it this week, seizing over half a ton of alleged marijuana in a commercial shipment of mud floor tiles.
“Once again our CBP officers at World Trade Bridge applied their experience, targeting, training and this synergy of effort yielded a significant load of narcotics in a floor tile shipment,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Mar. 29 at World Trade Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2003 Sterling tractor hauling a commercial shipment of mud floor tile for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers took a closer look at the boxes of tile and discovered 144 packages containing a total of 1,303 pounds of alleged marijuana comingled with the merchandise. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $260,566.
CBP officers turned the case 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.