U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1 million in cocaine and $119,000 in unreported currency this week at the Laredo Port of Entry, in two separate incidents.
"Our frontline CBP officers maintained their vigilance amid extreme heat and large volumes of summer travelers and took down significant loads of hard narcotics and unreported currency," said Sidney Aki, CBP Port Director in Laredo. "I commend our officers on a job well done and their dedication to CBP’s border security mission."
The cocaine seizure occurred on Wednesday at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge, where CBP officers performed a second examination on a 2006 Nissan Maxima driven by a 42-year-old U.S. citizen from Houston. CBP officers discovered 32 packages containing nearly 43 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden inside the vehicle. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1.3 million.
On Sunday, CBP officers conducting outbound examinations at the same bridge referred a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis taxicab carrying a 31-year-old female U.S. citizen passenger from Laredo for a secondary examination. During that examination, CBP officers discovered a total of $119,000 in unreported currency hidden in two bags.
CBP officers turned the vehicle driver and the taxi passenger over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.