LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged cocaine at the World Trade Bridge in one enforcement action.
“This a significant interception of hard narcotics in the cargo environment and reflects the skill, experience and determination of our frontline officers,” said (A) Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “We remain committed to ensuring our cargo system remains secure while facilitating lawful commerce.”
The seizure occurred at World Trade Bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer for a secondary inspection. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 72 packages allegedly containing 200 pounds of alleged cocaine. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1,543,600.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. 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.