LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized 40 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamines (meth) in an enforcement action at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge.
“The detection of this seizure can be attributed to the primary officer’s interviewing technique and the keen observation skills from the officers operating our non-intrusive imaging system,” said Acting Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry.
The incident occurred on Oct. 23 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Ford Expedition for a secondary examination. CBP officers conducting non-intrusive imaging system inspections noticed anomalies within the vehicle. An intensive examination of the Expedition by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 114 bundles that allegedly contained 40 pounds of crystal meth.
CBP officers seized the Ford Expedition and the narcotics, valued at $806,000. CBP officers arrested a 34-year-old Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in connection to the seizure and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.