LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized hard narcotics in three separate, unrelated incidents that totaled over $1.4 million in street value.
“In an effort to secure our Nation’s borders, as these narcotics seizures clearly illustrate, CBP has implemented enforcement strategies that have furthered the disruption of dangerous drugs entering the country,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry.
The first enforcement action occurred on Wednesday, June 2nd, at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge after CBP officers encountered a tractor manifesting a shipment of tables arriving from Mexico. The 2009 Nissan truck and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 258 packages containing 285.71 pounds of alleged marijuana within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $57,143.
The second seizure occurred on Thursday, June 3rd, at the World Trade Bridge after CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a daily express consignment truck hauling a shipment of brake parts arriving from Mexico. The 2020 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of two packages containing 4.76 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment. The narcotics combined had an estimated street value of $95,238.72.
The third seizure occurred on Thursday June 3rd, at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2007 Ford F150 for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 66.66 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within personal goods. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $1,333,342.
The three interceptions have a combined street value of $1,485,723.
CBP seized the narcotics and one vehicle involved in the smuggling attempts. The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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