CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize Narcotics Worth More Than $513K This Weekend

LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Laredo Port of Entry seized narcotics with an estimated street value of $513,000 in two enforcement actions over the weekend.

 “Despite searing heat, our frontline CBP officers continue to maintain their vigilance and that dedication to service yielded two significant narcotics loads that will not reach U.S. streets,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.

Packages containing 1,792 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge

Packages containing 1,792 pounds of marijuana
seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge.

The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, July 21 when CBP officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge referred a 1997 GMC pickup truck for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers along with the help of a canine team conducted a thorough examination and found narcotics hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers discovered two packages containing a total of eight pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.

The larger of the two seizures occurred on Friday, July 20 when CBP officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge referred a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of plastic scrap for a secondary inspection. Upon a non-intrusive and physical inspection by CBP officers, a total of 140 packages containing a total of 1,792 pounds of alleged marijuana were discovered within the commodity.

The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $513,494.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics. All cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

Also, in TUCSON, Arizona  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 22-year old Phoenix man after seizing nearly $56,000 worth of methamphetamine Wednesday.

Officers referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Chevy truck as he applied to return to the United States from Mexico. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, leading to the quarter panel of his vehicle where officers discovered almost 19 pounds of meth.

Officers arrested the subject and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, while the drugs and the vehicle were seized.

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