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Packages containing 194 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge.

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted two United States-bound shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine with an estimated street value exceeding $4.1 million, the agency announced.

The enforcement operations came on June 28 and June 29 at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Laredo, Texas. Combined, U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the narcotics have a street value of $4,124,172.

The two seizures were as follows, according to CBP:

"The largest seizure took place on Friday, June 28 at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2010 Dodge Caravan driven by a 21-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Atlanta, Georgia for a secondary inspection. Upon a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection by CBP officers, a total of 93 packages containing 194 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine was discovered.

The other seizure took place on Saturday, June 29, also at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2010 Ford pickup driven by a 48-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas for a secondary inspection. CBP officers utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system and a canine, discovered a total of 12 packages containing 29 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle."

“I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country,” stated (A) Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry. “These interceptions are a true example of the great men and women we have protecting our borders.”

The two drivers were arrested, their vehicles and narcotics were sized, and their cases were turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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