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CBP Officers Seize More Than $1.5 Million Worth of Cocaine at World Trade Bridge

Release Date: 
December 13, 2017

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.

Packages containing 200 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry
Packages containing 200 pounds of
cocaine seized by CBP officers at
Laredo Port of Entry

“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.

Last modified: 
December 14, 2017