Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port seized a combined 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamines and heroin at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge this past weekend. The narcotics seized have an estimated street value of $575,000.
The seizure occurred on Sunday, October 21, 2012 when a 20-year-old U.S. citizen from Smyrna, Georgia, arrived at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge from Mexico in a Mexican commercial taxi. The female was traveling with her four-year-old son. The taxi and the woman were referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered four packages within a piece of furniture that the woman had declared. Two of the packages contained alleged crystal methamphetamines weighing approximately five pounds. The other two packages contained a little over five pounds of alleged heroin. The crystal methamphetamine has a street value of $75,000 while the heroin has a street value of $500,000.
CBP officers seized the alleged methamphetamines and heroin and arrested the woman. The female was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"A CBP officer routinely encounters people from all walks of life, carrying merchandise in all shapes and forms. It is the officer's attention to the slightest detail that can lead to the detection of contraband in the most unusual places, as was the case with these significant narcotics," said Adriana Arce, Acting CBP Port Director, Laredo, Texas Port.
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.