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LAREDO, Texas — Over $650,000 in methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana was seized at the Laredo Port of Entry during two separate enforcement actions on Wednesday.

"The smuggling of illicit narcotics is a serious international health and security threat,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP will continue to intercept these dangerous drugs through our vigorous enforcement actions.”

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers referred a 2007 GMC Yukon and a 1995 International tractor for secondary examination.

The GMC Yukon, driven by a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen, was attempting to enter the United States at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge. A canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection revealed four packages within the vehicle containing 5.15 pounds of heroin and two packages containing 2.42 pounds of methamphetamine.

The International tractor was hauling an empty reefer, driven by a 39-year-old Mexican citizen, attempted to make entry into the United States at the World Trade Bridge's cargo facility. A canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection led to the discovered of 217 packages containing 2,242.10 pounds of marijuana concealed within the commodity.

The two interceptions have a combined street value of $654,815, stated U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"CBP seized the narcotics, vehicle, tractor and trailer involved in the smuggling attempts," stated the agency. "Both drivers were arrested and the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation."

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