LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated value of over $688,000 during one enforcement action.
“The primary officers’ experience, and interviewing technique was a key component in this significant narcotic interception,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I commend our officers for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our mission.”
The seizure occurred on Monday, March 13 at Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 46-year-old female Mexican citizen bus passenger from Morelios, Mexico for a secondary examination. After a non-intrusive and canine inspection of the personal belongings, CBP officers discovered three packages allegedly containing 34 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $668,717.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. The subject was arrested and the case was 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.