LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the World Trade Bridge intercepted a shipment containing narcotics with an estimated street value of $920,464.
“Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have heightened their enforcement strategy when targeting these high-risk commodities, successfully disrupting the flow of narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Thursday, May 7, at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1998 Freightliner trailer hauling a shipment of motor vehicle parts for a secondary examination. The trailer was driven by a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 198 packages containing 4,602.37 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the shipment.
CBP seized the narcotics and trailer. 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 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.