U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized more than $14.7 million worth of drugs in several U.S.-Mexico border incidents.
The first occurred Sept. 11 at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. CBP officers searching an empty trailer arriving from Mexico discovered 93 pounds of alleged methamphetamine. The meth has an estimated street value of $1.86 million, the CBP said.
The second incident occurred Sept. 12 in Pharr, Texas. Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge searched a commercial load of avocados from Mexico and reportedly found 48 packages of methamphetamine totaling 326 pounds and one package of heroin weighing 2.4 pounds. The drugs have an estimated street value of $6.6 million, the CBP said.
CBP seized the narcotics, the tractor-trailer and arrested the truck driver.
On Sept. 14, officers at the Tecate port of entry in Southern California found 560 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and cocaine cemented inside several quartz boulders in a truck from Mexico. The shipment was listed as beach pebbles and stones. The narcotics have a street value of $3.9 million, the CBP said.
Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Monday also found 86 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and 16 pounds of alleged heroin in a shipment of fresh produce from Mexico officers. The drugs are valued at $2.36 million, the CBP said.
CBP turned the cases over to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
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