LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a noteworthy amount of alleged crystal methamphetamine carrying an estimated street value of more than $405,000 in one enforcement action.
“This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”
The seizure occurred on Wednesday, July 12 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2006 Chevy HHR driven by a 22-year-old woman, traveling with a 19-year-old woman, both U.S. citizens, for a secondary examination. A physical inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 172 individual packages allegedly containing a total of 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $405,646.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. Both vehicle passengers in the case were arrested and 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 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.