$2.5 million in narcotics seized at border in Laredo

LAREDO, TX - A busy Wednesday was in order for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after two separate seizures yielded more than $2.5 million in narcotics.

CPB says that they seized heroin and marijuana.

“This is truly an example of our CBP officers’ hard work, experience, and dedication to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez with the Laredo Port of Entry.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, May 3 on the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when officers sent a Mercedes SUV for a secondary examination.

The non-intrusive inspection resulted in the discovery of a whopping 62 pounds of heroin, according to CPB.

The second incident occurred the same day on the World Trade Bridge after CPS said that a canine inspection resulted in the discovery of 59 pounds of marijuana inside an international service truck.

“I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country,” Alvarez said.

The narcotics were immediately seized and handed over to the ICE and Homeland Security for further investigation and the individuals were taken into custody.

The CBP at Laredo’s Port of Entry is part of the West South Texas Joint Task Force and utilizes federal, state, and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations and secure the nation’s borders.

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