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CBP Officers Seize More Than $1 Million in Cocaine at the Laredo Port of Entry

Release Date: 
July 26, 2017

LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged cocaine carrying an estimated street value of more than $1,000,000 in one enforcement action over the weekend.

“I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP.”

Packages containing $1.1 million in cocaine seized by CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry
Packages containing $1.1 million in cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry

The seizure occurred on Sunday, July 23 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1995 Viaggio commercial bus for further inspection. Upon a canine and non-intrusive inspection of the commercial bus by CBP officers, a total of 55 packages allegedly containing 147 pounds of cocaine was discovered. The contraband carries an estimated street value of $1,136,960.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and 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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July 26, 2017