$8.7 MILLION in Drugs Seized in Two Big Rig Busts at the World Trade Bridge
Laredo, TX – Despite the reduced flow of border crossings due to new travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working the World Trade Bridge have still been quite busy.
CBP officers made two big rig drug busts totaling an estimated street value of more than $8.7 million last week.
Both seizures occurred at the World Trade Bridge.
The first seizure occurred on Thursday, March 19, when a CBP officer referred a 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer for a secondary examination.
Upon a K-9 and non-intrusive imaging inspection by CBP officers, a total of 159 packages containing 581 lbs. of alleged methamphetamine were discovered within the vehicle.
The second seizure occurred on Friday, March 20, when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of plastic containers for a secondary examination.
Upon a K-9 and non-intrusive imaging inspection by CBP officers, a total of 137 packages containing 3,272 lbs. of alleged marijuana were discovered within the shipment, officials reported.
Combined, both busts seized narcotics with an estimated street value of $8,790,180, CBP said.
However, CBP did not offer any further details on the drivers or if they were arrested.
The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
Two Big Rig Drugs Busts Only Hours Apart
On March 12, CBP officers made two large big rig drug busts within only a few hours on the World Trade Bridge.
Read more about those busts HERE.