Laredo, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized heroin and cocaine valued at approximately $1,526,000 this week.
“While the majority of the people were enjoying their day off in observance of Columbus Day, our CBP officers remained committed to the CBP mission and intercepted this significant load of narcotics,” said Acting Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure exemplifies their determination to secure our borders.”
The seizure occurred on Oct. 13 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when CBP officers referred a 1996 Chevy Tahoe driven by a 50-year-old male Mexican citizen from Iztapalapa, Mexico for a secondary examination. The secondary inspection resulted in CBP officers making the discovery of 34 lbs. of alleged heroin and nearly one pound of cocaine concealed within the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the heroin, cocaine and vehicle and arrested the man. The man and case were then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-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.