US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed in Texas recently thwarted a cocaine shipment worth more than $1.5 million to the United States.
CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge seized the hard narcotics Tuesday, according to the agency.
An officer inspecting vehicles on the bridge referred a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer manifesting polypropylene film for secondary inspection.
After a canine and non-intrusive system examination, CBP officers discovered approximately 119 pounds of cocaine inside the trailer. In total, the narcotics had a combined street value of $1,587,777, CBP said.
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CBP seized the narcotics and the case was referred to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“This is an excellent seizure by our officers working at CBP cargo facilities. It is a perfect example of their unwavering vigilance in protecting our nation’s borders and protecting legal trade and travel,” said the Director of the Port, Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
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The seizure came just days after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry seized more than 1,500 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of more than $14.4 million. between three busts along the Texas border.
Fox News’ Greg Wehner contributed to this report.