CBP Officers Strike Twice and Seize Over $1.5 Million in Narcotics at the World Trade Bridge
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge recently seized over $1.5 million in narcotics in two separate enforcement actions.
“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officer’s will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our community,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate the officers in enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics.”
The latest seizure occurred on Thursday, August 23, when a CBP officer referred a 1995 Chevrolet pickup for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of nine packages containing nine pounds of alleged heroin.
On Tuesday, August 21, CBP officers at the same bridge referred a 1999 Freightliner tractor with a shipment of mineral substance for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 70 packages containing 174 pounds of alleged cocaine.
Both seizures have a combined estimated street value of $1,577,200.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics. The cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.
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.