LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a noteworthy narcotic seizure with an estimated street value of more than $327,000 in one enforcement action over the weekend.
“This significant seizure was possible because of the continued vigilance and alertness our CBP officers’ put forth on a daily basis,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Sunday, Sept.30, when a CBP officer referred a 2006 Mercedes Sport Utility Vehicle driven by a 21-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Austin, Texas for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection by CBP officers, a total of 19 packages containing 42 pounds of alleged cocaine was discovered. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $327,080.
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.