LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers this week intercepted a second large size methamphetamine load with an estimated street value of more than $3 million in one enforcement action at the World Trade Bridge.
“These back-to-back seizures of large quantities of methamphetamine graphically illustrate the reality of the narcotics threat our officers face on a daily basis,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “By seizing large loads like these, our officers are impacting the ability of transnational criminal organizations to operate and keeping our streets safer.”
The seizure occurred on Saturday, April 27 at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2002 Freightliner tractor hauling a flatbed trailer with a manifested shipment of marble stone for a secondary examination. After conducting both a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 220.5 pounds of alleged methamphetamine. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $3,086,440.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the trailer. 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.