U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized narcotics in one enforcement action that totaled over $20,000,000 in street value.
“Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have strengthened their enforcement strategy by targeting these high-risk commodities. Large-scale seizures such as this one help to disrupt the flow of deadly narcotics into our country,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This drug bust was an exceptional illustration of CBP’s dedication to our border security mission.”
The enforcement action occurred on August 18th at the World Trade Bridge, after CBP officers encountered a tractor manifesting galvanized steel coil arriving from Mexico. The 2011 Kenworth tractor and flatbed were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 30 packages containing 1,030.35 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the commodity.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $20,606,837.
CBP seized the narcotics and the flatbed in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.