US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stationed in Texas recently thwarted a shipment of more than $1.5 million worth of cocaine to the United States.
CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge seized the hard narcotics on Tuesday, the agency said.
An officer inspecting vehicles on the bridge referred a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer with polypropylene film for secondary inspection.
After a canine and non-intrusive system search, CBP agents discovered approximately 119 pounds of cocaine in the trailer. All told, the narcotics had a combined street value of $1,587,777, according to CBP.
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CBP seized the narcotics and the case was referred to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“This is an excellent seizure by our officers who work at the CBP cargo facilities. It is a perfect example of their unwavering vigilance in guarding our country’s borders and protecting legal trade and travel,” said Port Director Albert Flores , port of entry in Laredo.
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The seizure came just days after CBP agents working at the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas seized more than 1,500 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of more than $14.4 million between three arrests along the US border. Texas.
TSTIME News’ Greg Wehner contributed to this report.