CBP Officers Seize Cocaine Valued at $285K at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry recently intercepted a significant narcotic load with an estimated street value of more than $285,000 in one enforcement action.
“Our CBP officers continue to maintain strict vigilance as traffic starts to increase in the approach to the holiday season and that dedication, tempered with high tech tools and inspections experience resulted in a significant cocaine seizure,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Monday, Dec. 10 at Gateway to the Americas Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a 20-year-old male Mexican citizen resident of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection, CBP officers discovered 15 packages containing a total of 37 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $285,940.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and arrested the driver. The case was 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.