LAREDO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this past weekend intercepted 30.4 pounds of cocaine that a man was attempting to smuggle into the United States via the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge.
The seizure occurred on Friday when CBP officers at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge encountered a 1996 Chevrolet 1500 pickup driven by a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen. The driver, a female passenger, and the vehicle were referred for an intensive examination. CBP officers found 12 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 30.4 pounds within the vehicle. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $972,928.
CBP officers seized the cocaine and the vehicle. CBP officers also arrested the driver and turned him and the seizure case over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.
"Our CBP officers are trained to detect and interdict contraband using a wide spectrum of technology, skills and experience," said Jose R. Uribe, acting port director, Laredo Port of Entry. "We are dedicated to keeping illegal drugs from entering the country."
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.