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CBP Officers Seize Over $5.3 Million in Narcotics at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge

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Packages containing 2,322.77 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge. USCBP Image
Packages containing 2,322.77 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge. USCBP Image
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LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge seized narcotics that totaled over $5,300,000 in street value. 

“These seizures highlight our officers’ commitment to interdicting illicit narcotics,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Laredo CBP officers continue to maintain a robust enforcement posture, successfully disrupting cross-border drug smuggling attempts.”

The first seizure occurred on Monday, Feb. 12 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2006 Utility 4000 trailer hauling an empty trailer for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered 2,327.77 pounds of alleged marijuana within the trailer. The narcotics have a street value of $5,207,501.

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The second seizure occurred later that evening at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2012 Volvo tractor hauling an empty flatbed for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered 22.82 pounds of alleged cocaine within the flatbed. The narcotics have a street value of $112,548.

Packages containing 22.82 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge. USCBP Image

The narcotics in both seizures have a combined street value of $5,320,049.

CBP seized the narcotics and both trailers. Homeland Security Investigations special agents are investigating the seizures. 

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