LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than $1.6 million in heroin, cocaine, and a potent amphetamine concealed in a passenger vehicle attempting to enter the United States from Mexico at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge this past weekend.
On Saturday, September 21, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred a 2010 Chrysler Avenger for further inspection.
"Utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) systems, canines, and all available resources, officers discovered 28 packages of alleged heroin and one package each of alleged cocaine and norephedrine hydrochloride hidden within the vehicle," stated CBP.
The 28 pounds of heroin weighed 72.5 pounds and the other packages included 2.24 pounds of cocaine and 2.46 pounds of norephedrine hydrochloride. The narcotics had a combined street value of more than $1.6 million, according to CBP.
The 29-year-old male, a Mexican citizen, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Our officers maintained strict vigilance and dedication to CBP’s border security mission and their perseverance yielded a significant poly-drug load characterized by a substantial amount of heroin,” stated Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “By utilizing an effective combination of officer experience and high tech tools, our frontline officers were able to help keep their community safe.”