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.”
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.
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.