Laredo CBP Officers Execute a Double Play and Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $3.3 Million
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized methamphetamine in separate, unrelated incidents over the weekend that totaled over $3.3 million in street value.
“Drug trafficking organizations are persistent in their attempts to smuggle hard narcotics into the United States," said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry. "Through hard work and vigilance we will continue to intercept these dangerous drugs at our port of entry before they can harm our communities."
The first enforcement action occurred on Saturday, July 25th after a CBP officer referred a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 58 packages containing 69.97 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the truck. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,399,480.
On Sunday, July 26th a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe arrived from Mexico and was referred for a secondary examination. A subsequent canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection resulted in CBP officers discovering 24 packages containing 98.67 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,973,557.
The two interceptions combined are valued at $3,373,038.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicles. The 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 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.