LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine and marijuana carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $1.6 million in two separate enforcement actions.
“These seizures demonstrate how the officers’ determination, utilization of technology and canines led to the discovery of these hard narcotics,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I commend our CBP officers for their hard work and attention to detail.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1998 International tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of Styrofoam cups for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 5,476.72 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1,095,333.
The second incident occurred on Friday, Feb. 3 at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2015 Freightliner M2 truck for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of two packages allegedly containing 20.15 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $548,400.
The narcotics combined carry a street value of $1,643,733.
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.