CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize More Than $739K in Methamphetamine
LAREDO, Texas— U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized hard narcotics worth more than $739,000 in one enforcement action.
“With the peak travel season around the corner, our CBP officers continue to remain vigilant and continue to be successful in intercepting these hard narcotics,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
On Saturday, Mar. 17, CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2001 Ford Escape for a secondary inspection. During the secondary examination, CBP officers discovered 17 packages containing 37 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine within the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $739,863.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
Menwhile, in TUCSON, Arizona U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a Mexican national involved in a failed attempt to smuggle more than $67,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States Saturday.
Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 36-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Volkswagen sedan. The inspection led to the discovery of more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine. They also seized nearly 3 pounds of a substance suspected to be tramadol.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the arrested subject over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.