LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $3 million in two separate enforcement actions.
“CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “The narcotics that were seized are the kind that have been devastating the most vulnerable members of our communities.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Wednesday, March 1, at Colombia Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of fresh avocados. The tractor was driven by a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen from Zamora, Monclova. A non-intrusive and canine inspection resulted in the discovery of four packages allegedly containing 29 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $589,069.
The other seizure occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by a 40-year-old female United States citizen from Houston, Texas for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 132 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $2,641,992.
The seizures carry a combined street value of $3,231,061.
CBP officers arrested the drivers and 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.