Texas Border Agents Seize $11 MILLION of Narcotics From CMVs in Three Days

Laredo, TX – The drug smuggling surge at the U.S. southern border is continuing as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Texas seized more than $11 million in narcotics just last week.

According to CBP, the first enforcement action occurred on April 19 at the World Trade Bridge after officers encountered a tractor manifesting a shipment of copolymer regrind arriving from Mexico.




 

The 1995 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 234 packages containing 360.23 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment.

The narcotics had an estimated street value of more than $7.2 million.

The second seizure occurred the next day at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge after a CBP officer referred a commercial bus arriving from Mexico for a secondary inspection.

Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 50 packages containing 71.20 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the bus.




 

The narcotics had an estimated street value of more $1.4 million, CBP said.

The third enforcement action also occurred on April 20 but at the World Trade Bridge.

CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of clay tile arriving from Mexico.

The 2004 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.

Upon examination agents discovered 84.30 pounds of alleged cocaine, 41.40 pounds of alleged heroin and 16.35 pounds of alleged fentanyl inside the trailer.

 

The narcotics combined had an estimated street value of more than $2 million.

Packages containing varying amounts of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with an aggregate street value of $2 million seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge | Photo courtesy of CBP

The fourth bust occurred on April 21 at the World Trade Bridge after CBP officers encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of plastic polyethylene scrap arriving from Mexico.

The 1996 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 20 packages containing 49.6 pounds of alleged cocaine within the trailer.

The narcotics had an street value of approximately $380,000.




 

According to CBP, the four interceptions have a combined street value of more than $11 million.

Authorities seized the narcotics and two trailers involved in the smuggling attempts.


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

CBP did not release any information about the drivers of the CMVs.

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