LAREDO, TEXAS — Two large seizures at the World Trade Bridge at the Texas-Mexico border netted approximately $8.7 million in methamphetamine and marijuana, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“CBP officers display a high level of vigilance in preventing contraband from entering our country each day,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
The two unrelated seizures occurred on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, 2020, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
Friday's seizure involved a 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of plastic containers. Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers referred the truck-tractor and trailer for a secondary inspection and, upon a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection, discovered 137 packages containing 3,272 pounds of alleged marijuana within the trailer's shipment.
Thursday's seizure involved a 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer. Officers located a total of 159 packages containing 581 pounds of alleged methamphetamine inside the vehicle.
The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $8,790,180, according to CBP.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.