LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $1 million in three separate enforcement actions.
“These were excellent interceptions by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate the officers in advancing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a commercial taxi with a 19-year-old male United States citizen passenger from Illinois for a secondary examination. Further inspection of the subject’s personal belongings by CBP officers, resulted in the discovery of three packages allegedly containing four pounds of heroin with a street value of $132,000.
The second seizure occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of refractory cement driven by a 38-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the tractor resulted in the discovery of 12 packages allegedly containing nine pounds of heroin, 15 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and .8 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $572,344.
The last incident occurred on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2008 Acura MDX, driven by a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 20 packages allegedly containing 49 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $383,180. The narcotics combined carry a street value of $1,087,524.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. The cases were 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.