Border agents seize $6.6 Million in cocaine at the Texas Border
Federal authorities in Laredo, Texas, intercepted close to $6 million in cocaine during a smuggling endeavor from Mexico.
According to a press release by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents working at the World Trade Bridge in the border city of Laredo used modern scanning techniques to prevent a major drug cartel load from reaching the U.S.
On January 30th, CBP officers noticed a 1996 International tractor dragging a trailer across the bridge from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The tractor was pulled over for a secondary inspection as part of the agency’s routine screening of cargo arriving in the U.S. Non-intrusive inspection, followed by a physical search, led to the discovery of 280 packages of cocaine.
The contents of the illegal cargo were 733 pounds of cocaine. Officials estimated the load of drugs to have a value of $6,650,800.
CBP officers seized the drugs, and the case was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents. No identifying information about the driver of the tractor-trailer was revealed.
“Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and the technology they utilize on a daily basis played a key role in the discovery of these narcotics,” said Gregory Alvarez, the Port Director at the Laredo Port of Entry.
In the neighboring sector of Del Rio, CBP officers working at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry prevented a 19-year-old woman from Seminole, Texas, from smuggling $20,000-worth of meth across the bridge from Mexico. The woman was using the pedestrian lane of the bridge when a K-9 officer signaled to the possible presence of drugs. The woman was searched and was caught with four packages taped to her midsection.
The drugs tested positive for meth and weighed 1.21 pounds. Officers estimated the drugs to be worth $24,294. She was taken into custody and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.