CBP Officers Seize Almost $400,000 in Marijuana, Heroin over Weekend at Laredo Port of Entry
Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo port of entry seized 390 pounds of marijuana and almost two pounds of heroin this past weekend in four separate enforcement cases at two of Laredo's international border crossings. The narcotics are valued at over $390,000.
The latest of the four seizures occurred on April 10 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge. CBP officers referred a 1969 Ford pickup truck driven by a 32-year-old Mexican national from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico for secondary inspection. At secondary, CBP officers found 30 packages of marijuana within the truck. The marijuana weighed a total of 106 pounds and is valued at $106,000.
The other three seizures all occurred on April 9. The largest of the remaining three cases in terms of weight occurred at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge when CBP officers discovered 195 pounds of marijuana within a 1993 Ford F-250 truck. The truck was driven by a 23-year-old U.S.
citizen from Austin, Texas. CBP officers came upon the 63 packages of marijuana after the vehicle was checked at secondary using a non-intrusive imaging system and a canine. The marijuana is valued at $195,000.
Another case of marijuana that was seized on the same date occurred when CBP officers encountered a 1997 Ford Windstar van driven by a 20-year-old U.S. citizen from Leander, Texas at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge. The van was referred for secondary inspection where CBP officers found 87 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 89 pounds within the vehicle. This load of marijuana is valued at $89,000.
The last interception of narcotics occurred as CBP officers were processing commercial bus passengers also at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge. CBP officers came upon a 67-year-old Mexican national from Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico who was applying for admission to enter the U.S. as a passenger on a commercial bus. A CBP officer referred the man for a secondary inspection. CBP officers discovered two bundles in the shoes worn by the passenger, one bundle in each shoe that contained a total of almost two pounds of heroin. The heroin has an estimated street value of $200,000.
All four of these matters have been referred to U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation.
CBP officers seized all the narcotics and three vehicles involved in the thwarted smuggling attempts.
"CBP officers are faced with a variety of challenges, day-in and day-out. These interceptions can be attributed to the skills our officers apply in discerning discrepancies in the challenging day to day traffic," said Gene Garza, CBP port director, Laredo.
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.