LAREDO, Texas —U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a noteworthy amount of hard narcotics worth more than $500,000 in two enforcement actions over the weekend.
“These significant seizures illustrate the commitment our CBP officers have in keeping dangerous narcotics off our streets while processing traffic in a timely manner,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
Packages containing 40 pounds of cocaine seized
by CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry.
One seizure occurred on Friday, January 3, when a CBP officer at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2001 Ford Expedition, driven by a 27-year-old female United States citizen for a secondary inspection. A total of 11 packages containing 25 pounds of alleged cocaine were discovered by CBP officers upon completing a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection.
Another seizure also occurred on Friday, January 3, after a CBP officer at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 46-year-old male United States citizen for a secondary inspection. A total of 15 packages containing 40 pounds of alleged cocaine were discovered by CBP officers upon completing a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $505,240.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicles. The two drivers were arrested and the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.