Laredo CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $1.3 Million
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and World Trade Bridge seized hard narcotics valued at $1.3 million in three separate, unrelated enforcement actions.
“Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry continue to maintain a robust enforcement posture by targeting high-risk shipments and successfully disrupting the flow of deadly narcotics from entering our country,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry. “These three drug busts are significant and aptly illustrate CBP’s ongoing commitment in keeping our borders safe and secure.”
The first enforcement action occurred on Monday, August 31st at the World Trade Bridge when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of galvanized wire from Mexico. The 2011 Freightliner tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 60 packages containing 137.34 pounds of alleged cocaine discovered within the trailer. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,059,100.
The second seizure occurred on Tuesday, September 1st at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge after a CBP officer referred a 2003 GMC Yukon for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of nine packages containing 4.85 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the subject’s belongings. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $97,002.
The third narcotics interception happened on Wednesday, September 2nd when a CBP officer assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2007 MCI bus making entry from Mexico for secondary inspection. CBP officers examined the bus utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system examination, resulting in the discovery of four packages containing 10.62 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the bus. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $212,523.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $1,368,625.
CBP officers seized the narcotics a bus and one vehicle. The cases were 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.