$20 MILLION in Narcotics Seized From Flatbed Hauling Steel Coil

Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than $20 million in narcotics from a tractor-trailer during an enforcement action last week.

According to CBP, the bust occurred on August 18 at the World Trade Bridge.


CBP officers encountered a 2011 Kenworth hauling a flatbed and manifesting galvanized steel coil arriving from Mexico.

The big rig was referred for further inspection, resulting in the discovery of 30 packages containing 1,030.35 lbs. of alleged methamphetamine within the commodity.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of $20,606,837, CBP said.

The narcotics and the flatbed were seized in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.


No information has yet been provided about the truck driver.

The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.


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