LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of cocaine in a commercial shipment of paper towels and rolls at World Trade Bridge.
“This seizure demonstrates a great example of teamwork from our CBP officers,” said (A) Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I commend our officers for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the CBP mission.”
The seizure occurred on Monday, Nov. 6, when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of paper towels and rolls for a non-intrusive inspection. A canine and non-intrusive inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 159 packages allegedly containing 424 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the shipment. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $3,270,800.
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.