LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge intercepted a significant amount of hard narcotics totaling $2.4 million in street value.
“The methods of drug trafficking syndicates are continually evolving, becoming sophisticated in their methods of evading detection,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Fortunately, our drug detection technologies help us stay in front of the new trends.”
The seizure occurred on Monday, March 30, when a CBP officer at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge referred a 2006 Nissan Altima for a secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 36-year-old female U.S. citizen traveling from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total 115.39 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and 2.43 pounds of alleged heroin concealed within the vehicle.
The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $2,404,775.
CBP seized the narcotics and 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.