LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine, valued at more than $4 million at World Trade Bridge in one enforcement action.
“I commend our CBP officers for their hard work and attention to detail,” said (A) Port Director Francisco Garcia, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officers will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our community.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, Dec. 22, when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 40-year-old United States citizen from Laredo, Texas, hauling a commercial shipment of fiberglass pottery for a secondary examination. A canine and non-intrusive inspection of 45 fiberglass pots yielded a total of 201 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine. The crystal methamphetamine carries an estimated street value of $4,030,008.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. 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.