Three Big Rig Drug Busts at the World Trade Bridge in 24 Hours
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the World Trade Bridge seized more than $1.6 million worth of drugs from three big rigs arriving from Mexico in the span of 24 hours last week.
The first bust occurred on Tuesday, January 26, when CBP officers assigned to the Laredo Port of Entry cargo facility encountered a 2007 Freightliner hauling a shipment of toilet paper.
The truck and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.
Agents found 43 packages containing 113.89 pounds of alleged cocaine inside the trailer, CBP said.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $878,220.
The second seizure occurred later that evening, when officers referred a 2012 Freightliner and shipment of vinyl for a secondary inspection.
Agents discovered one package containing 17.85 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $357,145.
The third narcotics interception happened on Wednesday, January 27, when a 2007 International tractor manifesting a shipment of kitchen cabinets approached the checkpoint.
The rig was referred for further inspection which resulted in the discovery of 20 packages containing 51.49 pounds of alleged cocaine within the trailer.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $397,120.
Combined, the drugs have an estimated street value of more than $1.6 million.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the trailers.
However, no information about the truck drivers was made available.
The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
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