LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a significant amount of alleged crystal methamphetamine during an enforcement action with a value of over $1 million.
“This was an excellent interception effected by our CBP officers,” said (A) Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how the officer’s training and attention to detail led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”
The incident occurred at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge on Tuesday, May 3, when a CBP officer referred a 2008 Pontiac G6 driven by a 29-year-old male United States citizen from Laredo, Texas for a secondary examination. CBP officers conducted an inspection on the vehicle and the personal belongings. A canine inspection was conducted in which the canine alerted to the odor of narcotics. An inspection of the subject’s personal belongings resulted in the discovery of 53 pounds of crystal methamphetamine hidden in candles. The drugs are valued at $1,069,671.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. Subject and case was then 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.