U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge seized a significant amount of tramadol within a commercial truck.
“Frontline officers at the World Trade Bridge demonstrated exceptional effort in successfully disrupting this smuggling attempt,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This drug bust is a prime example of the efficient targeting strategies utilized in the cargo environment to help disrupt the illicit smuggling of this highly addictive opioid into our communities.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the World Trade Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2012 Freightliner for a secondary inspection. Following non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 159.65 pounds of Tramadol within the cab area of the trailer. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. If misused, this drug could lead to potentially adverse health effects and addiction.