LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this week seized a combination load of methamphetamine and marijuana valued at $1.1 million during a routine vehicle examination.
“Our officers employed an effective combination of inspections experience and technology to seize a combination load of narcotics,” said Jose Uribe, Acting CBP Port Director, Laredo. “Seizures like these reinforce the border security aspect of mission and keeping our communities safe from the scourge of street-level narcotics.”
The seizure occurred on Tuesday, April 29, when CBP officers working at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge encountered a 1995 Ford Econoline van driven by a 30-year-old Mexican citizen from San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. CBP officers referred the driver and vehicle for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 13 bundles containing a total of nearly 33 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and 51 packages containing a total of 158 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the vehicle. The combined estimated street value for the narcotics is $1.1 million.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, vehicle and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (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.