LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers this weekend seized nearly half a million dollars in alleged hard narcotics during a two-drug seizure at the Laredo Port of Entry
"Our officers utilized their experience-honed inspection skills and seized a combination drug load at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge," said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “The significant summer heat does not deter our officers from doing their job to keep our border safe.”
The seizure occurred on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge. CBP officers referred a 2004 Honda Element driven by a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen to secondary for further inspection. Utilizing all available tools and resources, CBP officers conducted a thorough examination and discovered 18 packages containing a total of 32.76 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and two packages containing a total of 4.76 pounds of cocaine hidden within the vehicle. The drugs carry a combined estimated street value of $494,914.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. CBP officers arrested the driver and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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