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 $1.7 million in one enforcement action.
“Our CBP officers demonstrate exemplary vigilance in their inspections and which helps prevent these dangerous drugs from entering our country,” said (A) Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how the officers’ determination, utilization of technology and canines led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”
The seizure occurred on Wednesday, October 18 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2006 Ford Five Hundred sedan, driven by a 36-year-old-male Mexican citizen resident of Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon for a secondary examination. A canine and non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 135 packages containing 85 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,702,833.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The driver was arrested 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.