Laredo CBP Officers Seize Over $1.3 Million in Methamphetamine
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge intercepted methamphetamine totaling over $1.3 million in street value.
“Drug smuggling organizations attempt to smuggle contraband into the U.S. daily,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Though their methods range in complexity, our officers maintain their vigilance through vigorous enforcement operations.”
The seizure occurred on Friday, July 17th when a CBP officer assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2007 Chevrolet Express van making entry from Mexico for secondary inspection. CBP officers examined the vehicle utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system examination, resulting in the discovery of 69.44 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the van.
The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $1,388,898.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle. 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.