LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized over $3,200,000 in alleged crystal methamphetamine during two enforcement actions.
“These significant narcotic seizures are examples of the remarkable border security work our CBP officers undertake on a daily basis,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Our officers remain vigilant and continue to be successful in keeping these narcotics off our streets and away from our youth.”
The first seizure occurred on Monday, Sept. 25 at Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and physical inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered two packages containing 36 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.
The last seizure occurred on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2009 GMC Sierra driven by a 29-year-old United States citizen from Irving, Texas for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers, a total of 32 packages containing 122 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine was discovered.
Both seizures combined have an estimated street value of $3,247,816.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles. Both of the drivers were arrested and 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.