U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers made a huge bust in Laredo, Texas this week after seizing more than $1 million worth of narcotics.
In total, two captures on the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge netted officers 48 pounds of methamphetamine, 25 pounds of cocaine, and one pound of heroin. Both incidents involved vehicles crossing over from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and both were referred by an officer to further inspection. When non-intrusive imaging (NII) systems, dogs and physical inspections were applied, the drugs were turned up and the culprits arrested.
“Being vigilant at all times is a key component ingrained into our officers,” Gregory Alvarez, port director for the Laredo Port of Entry, said. “I commend the officers for their keen observational skills and for their hard work and commitment to keeping dangerous drugs off of our streets.”
While the CBP seized both the narcotics and the vehicles involved, the drivers in question were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, owing to the offenders’ foreign identities. Special agents are now investigating further.