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Laredo CBP Officers Seize Narcotics Worth Over $53.2 Million at World Trade Bridge

Release Date: 
November 15, 2021

LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized narcotics in two enforcement actions this weekend, that totaled over $53,200,000 in street value.

“Attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains are increasing,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. CBP’s continued robust enforcement posture and dedication to border security operations has led us to major narcotic interdictions at our cargo facilities.”

Packages containing 2,611 pounds of methamphetamine, 113 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers within a tractor trailer at World Trade Bridge
Packages containing 2,611 pounds of methamphetamine,
113 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers within a
tractor trailer at Laredo's World Trade Bridge.

The first seizure occurred on Nov. 12, 2021, at the World Trade Bridge, after CBP officers encountered a 2013 Kenworth tractor manifesting a shipment of fresh cauliflower arriving from Mexico. The tractor and the trailer were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 412 packages containing 2,611.15 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and 50 packages containing 113.31 pounds of alleged cocaine within the commodity. The narcotics combined had an estimated street value of $53,096,364.

The second seizure occurred later that evening, also at World Trade Bridge, after CBP officers encountered a 2012 Ford E-350 manifesting a shipment of seat cushions arriving from Mexico. The truck was referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 400 packages containing 1,013.68 pounds of alleged marijuana within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $202,735.

The narcotics combined had an estimated street value of $53,299,099.

CBP seized the narcotics and the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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Packages containing nearly 1,014 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge.
Packages containing nearly 1,014 pounds of marijuana
seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge.

 

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November 15, 2021