LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a noteworthy amount of cocaine and methamphetamine, with a combined value of nearly half a million, in two separate enforcement actions at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge.
“The primary officers’ experience and interviewing technique was a key component in both of these significant narcotic interceptions,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The first incident occurred on Wednesday, Feb 24 at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when four male Mexican nationals from the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas attempted to make entry. A CBP officer obtained a negative declaration from the four men traveling in a 2007 Nissan Sentra. During secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered contraband on their bodies. A total of 10 bundles were discovered containing 27 pounds of alleged cocaine valued at $210,460.
The second incident occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the same bridge when a CBP officer referred a 22-year-old female United States citizen bus passenger from Norcross, Georgia for a secondary examination. A canine and non-intrusive inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of seven bottles in her luggage allegedly containing 13 pounds of liquid methamphetamines valued at $267,197.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. CBP officers arrested the passengers and turned the cases 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.