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Border officers seize $3.2M in alleged cocaine from big rig

Border officers seize $3.2M in alleged cocaine from big rig
Packages containing 427 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. (Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Laredo Port of Entry recently seized more than $3 million in alleged cocaine from a commercial truck containing papier-mâché handicrafts.

“Our frontline officers continue to maintain strict vigilance in the commercial truck environment and their effective utilization of training, inspections experience and technology successfully prevented a significant load of cocaine from ever reaching U.S. streets,” Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry said.

On April 8, a CBP officer assigned to the World Trade Bridge encountered a tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico hauling a shipment of papier-mâché of glass handicrafts and referred it for secondary examination.

After conducting a thorough secondary examination, which included utilization of non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment, CBP officers discovered 101 packages containing a total of 427 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the conveyance. The cocaine had an estimated street value of $3.2 million.

CBP seized the narcotics and an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents remains ongoing.

 

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