US Customs and Border Protection seizes $7.8 million in narcotics near Laredo

An estimated $7,851,085 worth of narcotics were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol last week during four separate incidents at the Laredo Port of Entry.

“These multiple seizures totaling nearly $8 million in hard narcotics truly exemplify our CBP officers’ hard work, experience and dedication to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry, in a release from the agency.

The first seizure April 11, 2016,  happened when CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge referred a 2013 Dodge Attitude driven by a 36-year-old-male Mexican citizen to secondary for further inspection.

Using a non-intrusive imaging system and canines, officers conducted an examination and found 55 bundles allegedly containing heroin and cocaine. CBP seized a total of 42 lbs of alleged heroin and 20 lbs of alleged cocaine. The drugs carry a combined estimated street value of $1,119,120.

Also on April 11, CBP officers at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge sent a 1994 Ford Bronco driven by a 20-year-old-male, Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, to secondary for an intensive inspection. Further inspection of the vehicle uncovered a total of six packages that were removed from the vehicle. CBP seized a total of 143.56 lbs of alleged crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $2,871,271.

The two latest seizures occurred April 12 when CBP officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge seized 74 lbs of methamphetamine hidden in a 2006 Nissan Altima driven by a 36-year-old female Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

In a separate case, officers seized 118 lbs of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 38-year-old-male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. These seizures have a combined estimated street value of $3,860,694.

CBP officers seized each of the vehicles and narcotics. The drivers were arrested and the cases were then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.