LAREDO, Texas — In back-to-back seizures, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized nearly $2 million in cocaine and marijuana at a commercial vehicle crossing in Laredo, Texas.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, a 2013 Freightliner truck and trailer hauling a shipment of scrap metal was referred for secondary inspection at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo. There, utilizing canine and non-intrusive imaging systems, officers discovered 854 packages containing 8,414.6 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the shipment.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,682,903, according to CBP.
Later that same afternoon, a 2000 Freightliner truck was referred for secondary inspection and, upon inspection of the cab area, discovered five packages of alleged cocaine weighing 12.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $95,540.
The seized narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $1,778,443.
CBP seized the narcotics and turned the cases over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"These drugs will not reach our communities due to the efforts of the officers in our cargo facilities,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. "We maintain an aggressive posture against criminal networks and their organizations."