LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $1.5 million in two separate enforcement actions.
“These were excellent interceptions by our CBP officers and serve as a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Every load of narcotics that we intercept at our port of entry helps to keep our streets safer.”
The latest seizure occurred on Tuesday, October 10 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2012 Dodge Durango driven by a 27-year-old-female United States citizen from Bradenton, Florida for a secondary examination. A canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 29 packages containing 34 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.
The larger of the two seizures occurred on Sunday, October 8 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz driven by a 24-year-old Mexican citizen resident of Mexico City, D.F. A canine and physical inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers resulted in the discovery 14 packages containing 45 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.
Both seizures combined have an estimated street value of $1,591,721.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles. Both of the drivers were arrested and the cases were 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.