LAREDO, Texas — Back-to-back seizures at the Laredo Port of Entry on Sunday, February 16, 2020, netted U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents nearly $3 million in cocaine and methamphetamine, the agency announced today.
Both seizures occurred at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
The first seizure involved a 1990 Volkswagen van driven by a 54-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Within the vehicle, CBP Office of Field Operations officers discovered 120 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 140 pounds.
The second seizure involved a 2017 Nissan Sentra driven by a female Mexican citizen, also of Monterrey. During a canine and a non-intrusive imaging inspection, CBP officers discovered 24 pounds of alleged cocaine in 10 packages concealed within the vehicle.
CBP estimates the total of both seizures at approximately $2,987,447.
Both vehicles were seized and the drivers were arrested and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement — Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Our frontline officers continued their strict vigilance this weekend and their determination and commitment to the border security mission resulted in two significant hard narcotics seizures totaling over $2.9 million,” stated Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.