LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers made a record-breaking, single-enforcement action seizure of nearly $37 million in methamphetamine within a commercial shipment of fresh tomatoes at a Texas-Mexico commercial vehicle border crossing.
The seizure was made on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge near Laredo, Texas.
Officers referred a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh tomatoes, arriving from Mexico, for a secondary inspection. Utilizing canine and non-intrusive imaging, officers discovered 654 packages containing 1,847.91 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the commodity.
According to CBP, the narcotics have an estimated street value of $36,957,914.
“Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have heightened their enforcement strategy when targeting these high-risk commodities, successfully disrupting the flow of deadly narcotics from entering our country.” stated Laredo Port of Entry Port Director Gregory Alvarez. “This record breaking drug bust was an exceptional operation that highlights CBP’s commitment in confronting the drug abuse epidemic.”
CBP seized the narcotics, truck-tractor, and trailer. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.