U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a huge stash of illegal drugs at the Laredo, Texas, border sector this month in a pair of failed attempts to smuggle drugs across the border.
In a reminder that criminals are attempting to smuggle more than just illegal migrants across the border, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service (CBP) reported that officers working the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge October 16 and 17 seized 55 pounds of illicit drugs hidden in two vehicles attempting to cross into the U.S. from the Mexican side, Breitbart News reported.
CBP drug-sniffing dogs alerted officers to a 2016 Suzuki Ciaz, and the vehicle was then waved over to a secondary inspection station.
After an inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered 15 packages that tested positive for methamphetamine. The weight of the packages amounted to 15 pounds, CBP reported.
But the day before, officers at the same station made an even bigger drug bust.
Again, drug-sniffing dogs were at the forefront of police work when they alerted officers to a 2006 Dodge Caravan.
On that occasion, officers discovered 38 pounds of heroin and cocaine hidden in the vehicle.
“In total, the officers assigned to the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin during a two-day period worth an estimated $859,000,” Breitbart reported. “The officers seized the drugs and vehicles and turned them over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.”
The fate of the occupants of the vehicle were not reported in the CBP drug seizure press release.
“The CBP officers’ experience played a significant role in these interceptions,” Laredo Port of Entry Port Director Albert Flores said in a statement. “Our CBP officers’ hard work, perseverance and utilization of our canines and non-intrusive imaging systems resulted in the interception of these hard narcotics.”
It is all just a reminder that the CBP stops more than just illegal immigrants, but also works to defeat drug traffickers to the extent they are able.
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