Three Truck Drivers Busted at U.S. Southern Border Hauling $6.5 MILLION in Narcotics
Laredo, TX – Three truck drivers were busted last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in separate drug enforcement actions at the Southern border.
The first enforcement action occurred on Tuesday, January 19, at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling an empty trailer arriving from Mexico.
The 2013 Freightliner tractor and trailer were referred for a K9 and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 40 packages containing 105.99 lbs. of alleged cocaine discovered within the trailer.
CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $817,360.
The second seizure occurred later that evening at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when CBP officers encountered a tractor hauling an empty trailer again arriving from Mexico.
Upon further inspection of yet another 2013 Freightliner tractor and trailer, CBP investigators discovered 40 packages containing 272.93 lbs. of alleged methamphetamine inside the trailer.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $5,458,589, CBP reported.
The third narcotics interception happened on Thursday, January 21, at the World Trade Bridge.
An expedite truck also arriving from Mexico was flagged and referred for secondary inspection.
CBP officers conducted a non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of four packages containing 7.05 lbs. of alleged fentanyl concealed within the shipment.
The narcotics in this seizure have an estimated street value of $197,400.
Together, the three narcotics seizures have a combined street value of $6,473,349.
“Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry continue to maintain a robust enforcement posture by targeting high-risk shipments and successfully disrupting the flow of deadly narcotics from entering our country,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry.
The trailers were also seized.
No further information was made available about the drivers.
The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.