CBP agents seize $ 1.2 million in hard narcotics in two enforcement actions at Laredo port of entry
LAREDO, Texas—Us Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized methamphetamine totaling more than $ 1,200,000 in connection with two distinct and independent execution actions.
“The interception of narcotics continues to be a key element in advancing CBP’s border security mission at the Laredo Port of Entry, as evidenced by these two significant seizures,” said Port Manager Alberto Flores , port of entry of Laredo. “These drug seizures illustrate the positive results of the remarkable inspection work undertaken by our CBP Laredo officers, and their tireless dedication is helping stem the flow of illegal drugs entering the country.”
The first enforcement action took place on Monday, December 13, when a CBP officer assigned to the Juarez Lincoln Bridge returned a 2006 Honda Accord for a secondary examination. The vehicle was driven by a 46-year-old Mexican citizen arriving from Mexico. Upon examination of the non-intrusive canine imaging system, CBP officers discovered a total of 56.39 pounds of suspected methamphetamine concealed in the vehicle. The drugs had an estimated market value of $ 1,127,873.
The second seizure occurred on Wednesday, December 15, when a CBP officer assigned to the Juarez Lincoln Bridge returned an inbound commercial bus from Mexico for a secondary inspection. Following an examination of the non-intrusive canine imaging system, CBP officers discovered a total of 4.71 pounds of suspected methamphetamine concealed on the bus.
A 22-year-old passenger, a Mexican citizen, was questioned in connection with the alleged drug attempt. The drugs had an estimated market value of $ 94,356.
The two seizures combined had an estimated market value of 1,222,229.
CBP officers seized the drugs and a vehicle. The two men were arrested and the cases have been turned over to special agents of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
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