LAREDO, Texas – Amid the busy holy week traffic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers continue to remain vigilant and intercepted narcotics valued at more than $397,000 in one enforcement action this weekend.
“I commend the CBP officers involved in this narcotic seizures,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Their hard work does not go unnoticed and they are a true example of the great men and women we have protecting our borders.”
The seizure took place on Saturday, Mar. 24 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by a 33 year old-male Mexican citizen and resident of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey for a secondary inspection. Upon a physical inspection of the vehicle by CBP officers, a total of 20 packages containing 51 pounds of alleged cocaine was discovered.
The seizure has an estimated street value of $397,120.
CBP officers 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 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.