LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the World Trade Bridge on Oct. 16 discovered cocaine hidden inside tractor-trailers in two separate incidents. The estimated street value of the two seizures is $6,973,400.
The first seizure took place when a CBP officer referred a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of aluminum scrap for a secondary inspection. Using a canine and nonintrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 135 packages containing a total of 337 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.
A second seizure took place later the same day when a CBP officers encountered another tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of aluminum scrap. CBP officers used a nonintrusive imaging system and conducted a canine inspection, and discovered 223 packages containing a total of 567 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.
CBP officers seized the narcotics; both cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. The nationality of the drivers was not released.
“Our front-line CBP officers utilize their training and experience along with our high-tech tools, and that effective combination led to the seizure of $6.9 million in cocaine in the cargo environment,” said Andrew Douglas, acting port director for the Laredo Port of Entry. “The ability to facilitate lawful trade and travel while maintaining a robust enforcement focus is a critical element to our border security mission.”
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