Laredo Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics Worth $3.2 Million at World Trade Bridge
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Laredo Port of Entry seized hard narcotics valued at $3.2 million in one enforcement action at the World Trade Bridge.
“CBP has seen a significant uptick in attempts to smuggle methamphetamine at ports of entry,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP officers utilize inspections experience and couple that with advanced imaging technology to detect, interdict and seize illicit narcotics arriving at the port of entry.”
The seizure occurred on Friday, September 25th when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor manifesting cookies shipped from Mexico. The 2007 International tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 105 packages containing 164.59 pounds of alleged methamphetamine discovered within the trailer.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $3,291,908.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and trailer. 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.