LAREDO, Texas — Last week, during two enforcement actions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Filed Operations (OFO) officers intercepted two major narcotics shipments netting over $1 million in methamphetamine and nearly $200,000 in cocaine.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, a CBP officer referred a 2012 Ford pickup truck hauling a shipment of suspended permanent magnets for a secondary examination at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. Utilizing a canine and non-intrusive imaging, officers discovered 58 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $1,159,619, within the shipment.
The next day, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, CBP officers working the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo referred a 2003 Honda Accord, driven by a 38-year-old male Mexican citizen arriving from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, for secondary inspection. Again, utilizing canine and non-intrusive imaging, officers discovered 10 packages containing nearly 25 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $192,440, within the vehicle.
CBP officers seized the narcotics from both vehicles, seized the Honda Accord, and arrested the driver of the Honda. Both cases were turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Our officers are dedicated to the safety and security of the United States, and this interception of a large amount of dangerous drugs is proof,” Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry said of the seizures.
"The smuggling of illicit narcotics is a serious international health and security threat,” stated Alvarez. “CBP will continue to intercept these dangerous drugs through our vigorous enforcement actions.”