Laredo CBP Officers Seize $900K Worth in Hard Narcotics in One Enforcement Action
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge intercepted a mixture of hard narcotics totaling over $900,000 in street value.
"The smuggling of illicit narcotics is a serious international health and security threat,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP will continue to intercept these dangerous drugs through our vigorous enforcement actions.”
The seizure occurred on Sunday, July 5th when a CBP officer assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder for secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen traveling from Mexico. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, a total of 16.13 pounds of alleged heroin and 26.74 pounds of alleged methamphetamine were found concealed within his belongings.
The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $974,035.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The driver was arrested and 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.