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CBP Officers Seize Over $660K in Hard Narcotics at Laredo Port of Entry

Release Date
Tue, 03/14/2023

LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized hard narcotics that totaled over $660,000 in street value.

“Narcotic interdiction continues to be a key component in the CBP border security mission,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “These significant seizures demonstrate the result of our officers’ diligent work and dedication to stopping dangerous drugs from crossing the border.”

Packages containing 10 pounds of fentanyl seized by CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.
Packages containing 10 pounds of fentanyl seized by CBP officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.

The first seizure occurred on Thursday, March 9, at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 21-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 2018 Hyundai Elantra for secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 30.33 pounds of alleged cocaine and 2.8 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle. The narcotics had a street value of $431,392.

The second seizure occurred on Friday, March 10, at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 49-year-old female United States citizen driving a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix for secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 10.14 pounds of alleged fentanyl within the vehicle. The narcotics had a street value of $236,900.

The narcotics had a combined street value of $668,292.

CBP seized the narcotics and two vehicles. Both drivers in the separate cases were arrested. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are investigating the seizures. 

Follow the Director of CBP’s Laredo Field Office on Twitter at @DFOLaredo and also U.S. Customs and Border Protection at @CBPSouthTexas for breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos.

Last Modified: Mar 14, 2023