LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a noteworthy amount of alleged cocaine at the World Trade Bridge in one enforcement action.
“The narcotics that were seized today are the kind that have been devastating the most vulnerable members of our communities and our nation,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure is truly an excellent reflection of our CBP Officers’ hard work, vigilance and dedication to the CBP mission.”
The seizure occurred at World Trade Bridge on Tuesday, March 13, when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of cement bricks for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 120 packages containing 320 pounds of alleged cocaine. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $2,471,120.
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.