Customs and Border Patrol Agents Seize $18.6 Million Worth of Methamphetamine at Texas Port of Entry: ‘Exceptional Drug Exploit’

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South Texas border agents seized more than $18.6 million worth of methamphetamine during an inspection at the Laredo Port of Entry on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Saturday.

A CBP field officer assigned to the World Trade Bridge returned a 2010 International Pro Star tractor-trailer carrying paint buckets for secondary inspection when it attempted to enter the port.

After a canine inspection and a non-intrusive examination of the inspection system, 2,033 pounds of methamphetamine were discovered in the shipment and seized by authorities.

Customs and Border Protection said the drugs had a combined street value of $18,694,838.

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Laredo Port of Entry Director Albert Flores said officers at the port have “enhanced their enforcement strategy” to help disrupt the flow of high-risk, deadly narcotics entering the United States. .

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“This exceptional drug seizure was an exceptional operation that underscores CBP’s commitment to combating crimes committed by transnational criminal organizations,” Flores said.

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In the last week of October, Laredo Field Operations Manager Randy Howe tweeted that CBP officers on scene seized 1,770 rounds of ammunition, $407,208 in currency and made 40 arrests. for various crimes.

Howe also tweeted that 86,315 commercial freight vehicles, 18,086 railcars and 400,607 vehicles were checked into the port of entry during that week.

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Special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations are investigating the seizure.

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