Officials Seize 7.7M in Methamphetamine at World Trade Bridge
LAREDO, TX - Limes were the latest produce item to fall victim to criminal activity at the United States-Mexico border. United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the World Trade Bridge recently seized $7.7 million in methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of limes.
“Our frontline officers continue to deploy an effective combination of inspectional experience and technology and the result this time was $7.7 million in methamphetamine in a shipment of limes,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
On Wednesday, September 20, a CBP officer referred a 2014 Freightliner tractor trailer hauling a shipment of limes for secondary inspection. Following a thorough examination that included use of a non-intrusive inspection system and CBP canines, CBP officers discovered 384 packages containing a total of 869.5 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the trailer. According to a press release, the narcotics had a street value of $7,713,711.
CBP seized the narcotics on site. Homeland Security Investigations special agents are investigating the seizure further.
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