LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized hard narcotics in four separate, unrelated incidents that totaled more than $11,000,000 in street value.

“In an effort to secure our Nation’s borders, as these narcotics seizures clearly illustrate, CBP has implemented enforcement strategies that have furthered the disruption of dangerous drugs entering the country,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry.

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Packages containing a total of 360 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge. (credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The first enforcement action happened on April 19th at the World Trade Bridge after officers encountered a tractor manifesting a shipment of copolymer regrind arriving from Mexico. The 1995 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 234 packages containing 360.23 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $7,204,632.

The second seizure happened on April 20th at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge after an officer referred a commercial bus arriving from Mexico for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, they discovered a total of 50 packages containing 71.20 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the bus. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,424,171.

Packages containing varying amounts of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with an aggregate street value of $2 million seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge. (credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The third seizure happened on April 20th at the World Trade Bridge after officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of clay tile arriving from Mexico. The 2004 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 84.30 pounds of alleged cocaine, 41.40 pounds of alleged heroin and 16.35 pounds of alleged fentanyl within the trailer. The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $2,046,880.

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The fourth enforcement action happened on April 21 at the World Trade Bridge after officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of plastic polyethylene scrap arriving from Mexico. The 1996 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 20 packages containing 49.6 pounds of alleged cocaine within the trailer. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $382,500.

The four interceptions have a combined street value of $11,058,183, according to the agency.

Officers seized the narcotics and two trailers involved in the smuggling attempts. The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

 

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