CBP Officers Seize over $74K in Cocaine at the Laredo Port of Entry This Weekend
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized over $74K in cocaine during one enforcement action this past weekend.
“This seizure was an excellent interception from our CBP officers,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate the officers for demonstrating the highest standard of vigilance by disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country.”
The seizure occurred on Saturday, March 11 at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2008 Nissan Maxima driven by a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen from Laredo, Texas for a secondary examination. Upon a canine and physical inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered four packages allegedly containing 9.7 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $74,800.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle. The driver 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.