LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry intercepted a trifecta load of narcotics, totaling 10 pounds of cocaine, 12 pounds of heroin, and 19 pounds of methamphetamines, in one single enforcement action. In addition, CBP officers also intercepted a separate, 32-pound cocaine load over the weekend.
The drivers in both of these alleged smuggling attempts were arrested. The total value for both cases of narcotics is estimated at $2.3 million.
“The layered enforcement strategy that CBP implements as part of our mission is what proved to be most effective in detecting these loads of hard narcotics,” said Jose R. Uribe, Acting Port Director, Laredo Port of Entry. “Finding a trifecta of this sort is a win-win in keeping drugs from reaching the streets of our community and underscores the dedication of our officers in the protection of our borders.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, April 5, at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when CBP officers encountered a 2007 Chrysler Sebring being driven by a 26-year-old Mexican citizen from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. CBP officers referred the man to secondary for an intensive inspection. At secondary, CBP officers discovered 15 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 32 pounds within the vehicle. The estimated street value for the alleged cocaine is approximately $1,024,000.
The second enforcement action and most noteworthy in terms of its trifecta array of narcotics, occurred on Friday, April 4, when CBP officers encountered a 2006 BMW X3 being driven by a 41-year-old U.S. citizen from Pearland, Texas. The woman and the vehicle were referred for a secondary examination that resulted in the finding of three alleged types of narcotics concealed within the vehicle. CBP officers found 16 packages of alleged methamphetamines weighing approximately 19 pounds, 13 packages of alleged heroin weighing approximately 12 pounds, and four packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 10 pounds. The estimated value for the trio array of alleged narcotics is approximately $1,312,000.
CBP officers seized the alleged narcotics and the two vehicles. CBP officers also arrested both the female and male drivers involved in the two separate enforcement actions and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigations 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.