LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers discovered more than $11.1 million in methamphetamine concealed in a commercial shipment of floor panels at a Texas-Mexico border crossing earlier this week.
The seizure occurred on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
There, OFO officers assigned to the cargo facility referred a 2005 Freightliner truck-tractor and trailer hauling plastic floor panels, arriving from Mexico, for a secondary inspection. Utilizing a canine and non-intrusive imaging, officers discovered approximately 557 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.
The narcotics, according to CBP, have an estimated street value of $11,145,575.
The narcotics were seized and the case was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Even though anti-terrorism is our primary mission, CBP officers maintain their vigilance to ensure commercial entries are safe and free of contraband,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.