LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized more than $535,000 in alleged methamphetamine hidden in a passenger vehicle.
“Our frontline CBP officers have maintained their vigilance amid holiday season traffic and that attention to detail has paid off with this significant seizure of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Nov. 23 at Gateway to the Americas Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2008 Saturn for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers utilizing canine and non-intrusive imaging system resources seized just over 38 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the gas tank. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $535,000.
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.