LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers discovered approximately $11.6 million in methamphetamine concealed in a commercial shipment of tile at the Texas-Mexico border crossing this past weekend.
The discovery and seizure was made during a single enforcement action on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo.
A commercial shipment of stone tile being delivered from Jalisco, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, was referred for a secondary inspection.
Utilizing K9 and non-intrusive imaging, CBP officers discovered a total of 579.37 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the shipment. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $11,587,378, according to CBP.
The driver, a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen, was arrested and the narcotics and trailer were seized. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents are investigating.
“This seizure was an enforcement action against transnational criminal organizations that exemplifies the vigilance and dedication our officers practice daily to stop the scourge of hard narcotics from infiltrating our communities,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.