LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine (meth) with an estimated street value of more than $2.9 million in three separate enforcement actions this weekend at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.
“These were excellent interceptions by our CBP officers,” said (A) Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Our CBP officers’ experience, hard work, perseverance and utilization of the canine and non-intrusive imaging system resulted in the interception of these hard narcotic seizure.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Sunday, October 15 after a CBP officer referred a 28 year-old-female U. S. citizen from Manor, Texas driving a 2001 Chevy Tahoe.
The second incident occurred on Saturday, October 14 when a CBP officer referred a 2016 Prevost H3 driven by a 40-year-old-male Mexican citizen and resident of Dallas, Texas.
The last seizure took place on Friday, October 13 when a CBP officer referred a 22-year-old-male Mexican citizen who resides in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon as the driver of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz.
All the drivers and vehicles in question were referred for a secondary examination where a physical and canine inspection was conducted on the vehicles resulting in discrepancies that were ultimately confirmed by the utilization of a non-intrusive imaging system. These inspections led CBP officers to the discovery of 104 pounds of alleged methamphetamine in solution, as well as 10 and 34 pounds of alleged crystal meth, respectively.
The seizures combined have an estimated street value of $2,962,541.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles. The drivers were arrested 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.