LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine valued at more than $298,000, in three enforcement actions.
“Our officers maintain strict vigilance at our port of entry, where thousands of vehicles are processed daily and numerous amounts of narcotics are intercepted,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “They remain alert and continue to protect our nation from drugs and people who pose a threat to our communities and our way of life.”
The first seizure occurred on Tuesday, May 9, at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2017 Volkswagen Golf driven by a 32 year-old-Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of seven packages allegedly containing five pounds of cocaine and five pounds of methamphetamine.
The second seizure occurred on Wednesday, May 10, at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer driven by a 45-year-old male from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas hauling a shipment of avocados, for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the commercial shipment resulted in the discovery of nine packages allegedly containing two pounds of marijuana and 20 pounds of cocaine.
The last seizure occurred on Wednesday, May 10, at the Lincoln Juarez International Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Ford Expedition driven by a 30 year-old- male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas for a secondary examination. A thorough inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 23 packages allegedly containing 30 pounds of marijuana.
The three seizures combined carry an estimated street value of $298,704.
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.