LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged heroin and marijuana valued at more than $2.5 million, in two enforcement actions.
“This is truly an example of our CBP officers’ hard work, experience and dedication to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”
The first seizure occurred on Wednesday, May 3, at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2010 Mercedes SUV, for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 24 packages containing a total of 62 pounds of alleged heroin.
The second seizure occurred on Wednesday, May 3, at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred an express consignment international courier service truck for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the commercial shipment resulted in the discovery of two packages containing a total of 59 pounds of alleged marijuana.
Both seizures combined carry an estimated street value of $2,518,067.
CBP officers seized the narcotics 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.