Two Mexican Truck Drivers Arrested in $1 MILLION Cocaine Smuggling Busts
Brownsville & Laredo, TX – Two recent big rig drug smuggling busts resulted in two Mexican truck drivers being arrested.
The first of the seizures occurred at the Brownsville Port of Entry on Wednesday, August 28, on the Los Indios International Bridge.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers encountered a 35-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, as the driver of a white 2006 Kenworth tractor.
The driver was referred for a secondary inspection, according to CBP.
Upon further examination and with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 37 packages hidden within the Kenworth tractor.
CBP officers then removed the packages, which contained a total of 83.34 pounds of cocaine which has an estimated street value of $642,600, officials said.
The second recent big rig drug bust happened at the Laredo Port of Entry on Tuesday, September 3 on World Trade Bridge.
A CBP officer referred a 2018 Kenworth tractor driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen resident of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for a secondary examination.
Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection, CBP officers discovered 14 packages containing a total of 37 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $287,980, officials said.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor.
The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Our officers’ diligence and keen observation skills were important factors in these seizures. Their thoroughness allowed them to intercept these dangerous drugs and keep them from entering our country,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for the outstanding job they do day in and day out.”