LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged cocaine and heroin carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $800,000 in three separate enforcement actions.
“These three significant seizures of hard narcotics are directly attributable to the vigilance, dedication and inspectional techniques our CBP officers demonstrate on a daily basis,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Monday, Jan 30, at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 38-year-old male United States citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas riding a bicycle for a secondary examination. A canine and physical inspection of the bicycle by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 3.57 pounds of heroin with a street value of $97,200.
The second seizure occurred on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a CBP officer working inbound operations referred a 33-year-old-male Mexican citizen from Cuernavaca, Morelos driving a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta for a secondary examination. Upon a physical and canine inspection of the vehicle, a total of eight packages were discovered allegedly containing 19.09 pounds of heroin with a street value of $519,600.
The third seizure occurred on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 25-year-old-male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas driving a 1999 Mercury Cougar for a secondary examination. A canine and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 10 packages allegedly containing 25.30 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $195,160.
CBP officers seized the vehicles and narcotics. All three men were arrested and their 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.