LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this past weekend seized almost $2 million worth of heroin found within a commercial bus during a routine inspection at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge.
“The investment of money that CBP has made in providing CBP officers with the tools that are needed to secure the nation’s border while at the same time expediting the flow of legitimate travel and trade, is paying off in big dividends when it comes to this case of a significant amount of heroin that will not make its way to into the country,” said Jose R. Uribe, CBP Acting Port Director, Laredo.
The seizure occurred on Saturday, May 3, when CBP officers working at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge encountered a commercial passenger bus arriving from Mexico. The bus was referred for a non-intrusive imaging inspection, as all buses are. During the imaging exam, CBP officers detected anomalies within the bus. Further inspection of the bus resulted in the discovery of 25 packages containing a total of 62 pounds of alleged heroin. The estimated street value for the heroin is $1.9 million. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the commercial bus.
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.