CBP Officers Seize Methamphetamine Worth $2.4 Million at the Laredo Port of Entry
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Laredo Port of Entry seized hard narcotics worth over $2.4 million in a single enforcement action over the weekend.
“Border cities are key transit zones for drug trafficking organizations," said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Targeted enforcement is a mechanism utilized at the Laredo Port of Entry to prevent and disrupt the flow of deadly narcotics.”
The seizure occurred on Sunday, May 31, when a CBP officer at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2007 Toyota Tacoma for a secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 55-year-old male Unites States citizen who was making entry from Mexico. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 15 packages containing 124.16 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the subject’s belongings.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $2,483,261.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The driver was arrested and 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.