LAREDO, Texas — $3 million in methamphetamine was seized from a commercial load of marble stone attempting to enter the United States at the World Trade Bridge late last month.
The seizure is the second large seizure of methamphetamine in as many days at the Texas-Mexico border.
On April 27, 2019, a 2002 Freightliner truck-tractor hauling a flatbed trailer with a manifested shipment of marble stone was referred for secondary inspection.
"After conducting both a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 220.5 pounds of alleged methamphetamine," stated the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "The narcotics have an estimated street value of $3,086,440."
The next day, as previously reported by MyTexasDaily.com, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers seized 194 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $2.7 million, from a pickup truck attempting to cross into the United States at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.
“These back-to-back seizures of large quantities of methamphetamine graphically illustrate the reality of the narcotics threat our officers face on a daily basis,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “By seizing large loads like these, our officers are impacting the ability of transnational criminal organizations to operate and keeping our streets safer.”
In both cases, CBP officers seized the narcotics and trailers and turned the cases over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.