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Border Protection agents at Laredo border crossing seize million worth of drugs

November 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Border Protection agents at Laredo border crossing seize million worth of drugs

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Laredo, Texas arrested a man trying to smuggle a significant amount of cocaine into the U.S.

On Monday, agents busted a Chilean man, who is a resident of the Mexican City of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, on the Texas side of the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge after he tried to smuggle 18 packages containing almost $400,000 worth of cocaine into the United States, the Department of Homeland Security revealed in a statement.

Officials said the subject arrived at the checkpoint in a 2005 Nissan Altima and was sent to a secondary inspection station for further examination.

A drug-sniffing K-9 unit alerted agents to the presence of narcotics, and a search of the vehicle uncovered 65 pounds of cocaine.

In a separate incident, officers at the same binational crossing detained three men traveling on board a commercial bus from Mexico after discovering 30 packages of crystal methamphetamine and also recovered $148,000 of cash.

Later that same day, U.S. Customs officials at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge said Border Protection agents busted a 53-year-old Mexican national from Georgia with three kilograms of heroin, worth $204,000, hidden in his Chevrolet Impala.

The five men, cars, drugs, and money, were made available to the Department of Homeland Security, which opened investigations into each case.

Border port director, Alberto Flores, credited the experience of the CBP agents for the arrests and seizures.

“The experience of the officers and their interviewing techniques are essential to the interception of narcotics and undeclared money.”

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