LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers create a double play as they seize methamphetamine worth over $1.7 million in two enforcement actions on Wednesday, Feb.13.
“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officers will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our community,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The first seizure was intercepted at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2010 Ford Focus, driven by a 21-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary examination. During a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection, CBP officers discovered three packages containing a total of 63 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle.
The second interception occurred at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2008 Chevrolet Captiva, driven by a 42-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for a secondary examination. Upon a physical and non-intrusive inspection by CBP officers, a total of 19 packages containing a total of 23 pounds of alleged methamphetamine were discovered within the vehicle.
The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $1,714,296.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles. 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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