LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of alleged marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1.3 million in two separate enforcement actions.
“Our CBP officers face many challenges daily while facilitating lawful trade,” said (A) Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP’s layers of enforcement such as the non-intrusive imaging system, canine and the officer’s experience play an important role in the intercepting of these dangerous narcotics.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, Dec. 2, when a CBP officer at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a commercial bus for a non-intrusive inspection. The non-intrusive imaging system, canine and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 20 packages containing 53 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden in the bus.
The other seizure occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 29, when a CBP officer at World Trade Bridge referred a 2000 Freightliner tractor trailer hauling a shipment of frozen avocado pulp for a secondary inspection. Upon further inspection of the shipment by CBP officers utilizing the non-intrusive imaging system and canine, led to the discovery of 3,003 packages containing a total of 4,739 pounds of alleged marijuana was discovered.
Both seizures combined have an estimated street value of $1,357,854.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. Both 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.