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Over $1.8M in narcotics seized by CBP officers, officials say

80 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 9 pounds of heroin found, officials say

Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

LAREDO, Texas – A large amount of heroin and methamphetamine with a combined estimated street value of more than $1.8 million was recently seized by officers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

The drugs were seized Friday at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge.

Officials said a CBP officer referred a 41-year-old Mexican citizen from Bakersfield, California, who applied for admission as a passenger in a commercial taxi, for a secondary examination.

Officers conducted a physical inspection and found eight packages of contraband commingled with her personal belongings, which included tubs of mole sauce, officials said.

Eighty pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 9 pounds of heroin were discovered, authorities said. Officials said the narcotics carry an estimated street value of $1,843,648.

"CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous drugs off our streets," said port director Gregory Alvarez of the Laredo Port of Entry. "I congratulate our officers for their dedication, which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from entering our country."

Officials said officers seized the narcotics and the woman was arrested.

The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents, officials said.

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