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CBP Officers Seize Cocaine Valued at $285K at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge

Release Date: 
December 12, 2018

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.

Packages containing 37 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry
Packages containing 37 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at 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.

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Last modified: 
December 12, 2018