CBP Officers Seize Over $3.2 Million in Narcotics at the Laredo Port of Entry
LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $3 million in two separate enforcement actions.
“CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “The narcotics that were seized are the kind that have been devastating the most vulnerable members of our communities.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Wednesday, March 1, at Colombia Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of fresh avocados. The tractor was driven by a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen from Zamora, Monclova. A non-intrusive and canine inspection resulted in the discovery of four packages allegedly containing 29 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $589,069.
The other seizure occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by a 40-year-old female United States citizen from Houston, Texas for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive and canine inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 132 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $2,641,992.
The seizures carry a combined street value of $3,231,061.
CBP officers arrested the drivers and seized the narcotics. The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $78K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $78,200, hidden within a blue 1999 Dodge Caravan.
“We continue to make great strides in securing our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an outstanding job in finding these dangerous drugs and keeping them from entering our country.”
The seizure took place on Thursday, Mar. 2, at Gateway International Bridge when a 42-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a blue 1999 Dodge Caravan. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 10.14 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $78,200.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
CBP Officers at the Pharr International Bridge Seize $54K in Cocaine from Body Carriers
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested two women, after discovering a total of seven pounds of alleged cocaine concealed on their bodies.
“Our CBP officers did an exceptional job in the interception of these hard narcotics. I commend our officers for their continued dedication to our CBP mission,” said (A) Port Director Javier N. Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Feb. 28, CBP officers encountered two women, ages 19 and 54, a United States citizen and a Mexican citizen, respectively, from Pharr, TX as they attempted to enter the United States from Mexico in a grey 2002 Ford F-150. After referring them for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered one package of suspected narcotics on each woman concealed under their clothing. CBP OFO seized the two packages of alleged cocaine, which have a total estimated street value of $54,060.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the women, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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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-Media Relations]
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