Three Big Rig Drug Busts on World Trade Bridge Just Last Week
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents at the World Trade Bridge had quite a busy week last week intercepting three narcotics smuggling attempts via semi-truck.
According to CBP, agents discovered nearly $2 million in methamphetamine and marijuana in three separate incidents last week.
The first occurred on Tuesday, August 4, when a 2010 Kenworth arriving from Mexico was inspected.
Agents found one package weighing 30.99 lbs. and containing alleged methamphetamine.
The narcotics shipment has an estimated street value of $619,933, CBP said.
The second incident occurred on Wednesday, August 5.
Agents referred a 2008 Freightliner tractor-trailer for further examination after a K-9 alerted to the trailer.
The secondary inspection led to the discovery of 137 packages containing 1,562.63 lbs. of alleged marijuana within the shipment manifested as computer parts for recycling.
CBP said the drugs have an estimated street value of $312,524.
The third bust happened on Thursday, August 6, when a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer was referred for further inspection after a K-9 alerted to the trailer’s contents.
Agents then found 50.88 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within two separate express consignment shipments, CBP said.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,017,643.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and one trailer.
The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
No details were given regarding the citizenship of any of the truckers.