LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a smuggling attempt of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $277,000 while conducting enforcement operations.
“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officers will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our communities,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Thursday, March 5, at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2005 Chevrolet Van for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 80 packages containing 14 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $277,780.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle. The case was then 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.