CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize Over $1.7 Million Worth of Hard Narcotics Over the Weekend
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of hard narcotics with a combined total street value exceeding $1.7 million in two enforcement actions over the weekend.
“These significant seizures illustrate the commitment our CBP officers have in keeping these dangerous narcotics off our streets while processing traffic in a timely manner,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The most recent seizure occurred on Sunday, May 6, when CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge seized nine pounds of alleged heroin in five packages concealed within a 2005 Ford pickup driven by a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen resident of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The largest of the two seizures occurred on Friday, May 4, when CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge seized 76 pounds of alleged methamphetamine in 63 packages hidden within a 2007 Nissan Tiida, driven by a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen also a resident from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $1,737,756.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicles. The drivers were arrested and the cases were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
Also, in Laredo, Texas Border Patrol Agents arrested four illegal aliens from the country of India. Two days later, on May 7, 2018, Border Patrol Agents arrested two illegal aliens from the country of Syria and one illegal alien from Bangladesh. The subjects were encountered after illegally crossing the Rio Grande River near the Santa Rita Subdivision in Laredo, Texas. The Laredo Sector Border Patrol continues to have the highest apprehension of Bangladeshi Nationals compared to other Border Patrol Sectors. Currently, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol has apprehended 229 Bangladeshi Nationals since the start of fiscal year 2018.
“It goes to show that our agents are arresting people from all over the world on a daily basis. Their intentions for entering the country illegally can only be determined after they have been arrested,” said Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel H. Acosta.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994. All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure their criminal histories are positively identified.
CBP’s Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.