LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a significant amount of hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $1.2 million in one enforcement action at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.
“The drugs that were seized today pose a direct threat to our communities,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, July 23 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2002 Chevrolet Impala for a secondary examination. During a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection by CBP officers, seven packages were discovered containing a total of 16 pounds of alleged heroin. An additional 12 packages were also discovered containing a total of 56 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $1,217,738.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.