LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged heroin and crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $916,000 in one enforcement action this weekend.
“The officer’s experience, training and determination was crucial in this significant seizure,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Once again this seizure demonstrates the dedication of our officers to CBP’s border security mission.”
The seizure occurred on Friday, September 29 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2007 Honda Odyssey occupied by two 41-year-old-male Mexican citizens from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon for a secondary examination. A canine and physical inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of six packages containing 14.55 pounds of alleged heroin and 11 packages containing 26.01 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.
The seizure has a combined estimated street value of $916,285.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, vehicle and the driver and passenger were arrested. The cases 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.