U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 155 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $3.1 million over the weekend during a vehicle inspection at the Texas border in Laredo.
The seizure occurred this past Saturday when CBP officers assigned at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Laredo contacted a driver of a 2002 GMC Yukon and referred it to a secondary inspection. Officers reportedly discovered 27 packages containing a total of 155 pounds of methamphetamine, according to a federal release.
“Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and the technology they utilize on a daily basis played a key role in the discovery,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The methamphetamine and the vehicle were seized and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—Homeland Security Investigative Unit (ICE-HSI).
In February, Breitbart News reported on another significant seizure when CBP officers discovered nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine worth more than $12 million at the Pharr International Bridge inside a tractor-trailer.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.) You can follow him on Twitter. He can be reached at email@example.com