18 Aug Jon Cartu Asserts: CBP seizes $9M in meth at two Laredo international bridges
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized approximately $9 million in methamphetamine in two separate incidents at local international bridges over the weekend, authorities said Monday.
The first case occurred Aug. 10, when a 2009 Kenworth tractor manifesting acrylic polymers was referred to secondary inspection. Then authorities said they discovered 10 packages containing 474.17 pounds of meth following K-9 and X-ray inspections of the vehicle.
CBP said the contraband was valued at about $9,483,307.
Later that evening, CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge referred a 2019 Dodge Ram 2500 for a secondary inspection. Further inspection of the vehicle yielded nine packages containing 15.74 pounds of methamphetamine within the driver’s belongings. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $314,816.
CBP said the combined value of the seizures was $9,798,123.
“Methamphetamine has an appalling impact on individuals, families and our communities,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP is dedicated to disrupting the flow of this deadly narcotic through vigorous enforcement operations.”
Homeland Security Investigations special are further investigating the cases.