By: Special to The Laredo Sun
The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, June 9, 2012 when a 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Goldsboro, North Carolina attempted to enter the country at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge from Mexico, as a pedestrian.
The primary officer referred the woman for secondary inspection that resulted in two packages of alleged crystal methamphetamines found on the woman. The alleged crystal meth weighed a total of 10 pounds and has an estimated street value of $150,000.
The other seizure and largest in terms of weight occurred on Friday, June 8, 2012 also at the same bridge. CBP officers working CBP’s layered enforcement came upon a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a man.
A CBP canine enforcement officer conducted a secondary inspection that resulted in the discovery of 17 packages of alleged heroin within the vehicle. The sole occupant, identified as a 34-year-old Mexican national residing in Dallas, Texas was the driver of the vehicle.
The alleged heroin weighed a total of 49 pounds and has an estimated street value of $4.9 million.
CBP officers seized the alleged crystal meth and heroin as well as the Volkswagen Jetta. Both the male driver of the vehicle and the female pedestrian were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“CBP officers continue to maintain their keen alertness and watchful eye for all travelers entering the country. It is those attributes that led to the interception of both of these highly significant, hard narcotics loads.”