CBP Officers Assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge Intercept $2.8 Million In Hard Narcotics
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 liquid methamphetamine with a total street value exceeding $2.8 million in one enforcement action.
“Smugglers are constantly attempting to bring in these dangerous and illegal narcotics,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “It makes me proud that our CBP officers continue to utilize their extensive training and expertise to identify these smuggling methods.”
The seizure occurred on Tuesday, May 29, when a CBP officer assigned to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2003 Toyota Tacoma for a secondary inspection. Upon a canine and physical inspection by CBP officers, a total of 204 pounds of liquid methamphetamine was discovered within the vehicle.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $2,856,191.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
Meanwhile, in FALFURRIAS, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol Agents apprehended a total 26 illegal aliens in two separate tractor trailer smuggling attempts at the Falfurrias Checkpoint.
On Tuesday, agents at the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a tractor hauling a grain hopper to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the cargo. Upon inspection, agents discovered 16 illegal aliens hidden inside. The driver and passenger, both United States citizens, were arrested.
Later that evening, agents arrested another commercial truck driver after discovering 10 illegal aliens concealed inside the trailer he was hauling.
“It is deeply concerning that we continue to encounter this reckless tactic being utilized to smuggle immigrants,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “The callous smugglers view the immigrants as a means to generate profits for the cartels.”
All subjects will be processed accordingly.
Operation Big Rig encourages the public to get involved and help save lives by calling 911 if they see or are aware of these dangerous smuggling tactics, “They’re humans, not cargo!”
CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.
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.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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