LAREDO, TEXAS –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers continue to remain vigilant and this week discovered a noteworthy amount of alleged heroin valued at more than $61,000 in one enforcement action.
“I commend our CBP officers for their hard work and attention to detail,” said (A) Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how the officers’ training and determination led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”
The seizure occurred on Monday, Nov. 6, when a CBP officer referred two Mexican citizens, a 33-year-old-man and a 27-year-old woman, both residents of Queretaro, traveling in a taxi for a secondary inspection. Upon a physical inspection of the male passenger, 72 packages were discovered by CBP officers resulting in the discovery of two pounds of alleged heroin. The heroin has an estimated street value of $61,800.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. Both passengers were arrested and 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.