Nearly $2 MILLION in Narcotics Seized From Big Rigs Only Hours Apart
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers made two large big rig drug busts within only a few hours on Thursday.
Both drug seizures occurred on March 12 at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo.
The first enforcement action occurred after CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a shipment of scrap metal arriving from Mexico.
A 2013 Freightliner truck and trailer was referred for a K9 and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.
Officers discovered 854 packages containing 8414.6 lbs. of alleged marijuana concealed within the load of metal.
CBP estimated the street value at $1,682,903.
Later that afternoon, a 2000 Freightliner truck was referred for inspection.
CBP reports that a subsequent physical inspection of the cab area of the conveyance was conducted.
During the course of the inspection, CBP officers discovered five packages containing 12.4 lbs. of alleged cocaine.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $95,540, CBP says.
In total, the seized narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $1,778,443.
“These drugs will not reach our communities due to the efforts of the officers in our cargo facilities,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “We maintain an aggressive posture against criminal networks and their organizations.”
CBP seized the narcotics and turned the cases over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
CBP has yet to reveal if the truck drivers involved were U.S. citizens or of they were arrested.
Record Big Rig Drug Bust
Also recently, a 34-year-old Mexican truck driver was arrested by CBP officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility in Tucson, AZ, in the largest methamphetamine load bust in Arizona ports history.
READ more about this bust HERE.