CBP Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry Seize More Than $4.2 Million in Liquid Methamphetamine
LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $4.2 million in one enforcement action at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge.
“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officers will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our community,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how the officers’ determination, utilization of technology and canines led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”
On Monday, June 18, CBP officers assigned to the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge referred a 2009 Volkswagen SUV, driven by a 21-year-old United States citizen who resides in Roswell, Georgia to secondary for an intensive inspection. CBP officers conducted a thorough secondary examination, utilizing canine units and the non-intrusive inspection system to locate the hidden narcotics. A total of 213 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine was discovered within the vehicle.
The seized narcotics have an estimated street value of $4,269,869.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.
Meanwhile, in EAGLE PASS, Texas, Border Patrol agents assigned to Eagle Pass Station found a backpack containing 4.6 pounds of methamphetamine near a residential area. This the second time in less than a week agents have discovered abandoned narcotics.
“The drug cartels, in their attempt to bring contraband to the United States, use any method to achieve their purpose,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “In this case, the smugglers abandoned the contraband near homes where children and families live, but our agents’ rapid response prevented a potential tragedy. This dangerous substance will not reach the streets and will not harm the general public.”
On June 19, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station, were responding to illegal activity north of downtown when they spotted foot prints going toward the Rio Grande River. After an extensive search, agents discovered the backpack containing two packages of suspected narcotics, wrapped in black tape and cellophane.
At Eagle Pass Station, agents identified the substance as methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $147,200. The drugs were turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The most recent discovery of abandoned narcotics happened June 16 when agents discovered an abandoned backpack along the banks of the Rio Grande River, which contained approximately 6.9 pounds of methamphetamine.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages Federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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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