Though sending drugs across the border (no matter what smuggling tactic is used) is a sketchy practice, Mexican drug suppliers are still sending it. Due to high demand, more cocaine is being flooded into the US and abroad. As a result, more coke is being seized. In Laredo, TX, yet another sizable bust, worth over a million dollars, was made at the border on Tuesday.
In this case, a Laredo resident, and former citizen of Mexico, was returning home from a trip to his homeland. The 42-year-old man was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck and utility trailer. When he reached the border, customs agents referred him to a secondary inspection station for a routine check. There, a K9 officer picked up on the presence of narcotics in the truck. According to Breitbart, “A non-intrusive inspection was also conducted revealing anomalies.” Officers went on to find 58 bundles of cocaine in the truck, weighing out to 141 pounds (about 70 kilos). Customs officials valued the shipment at $1,090,040. The unidentified man was turned over to Homeland Security.
The next day yielded even more blow. This time, an American was the culprit. According to Breitbart:
In a separate incident on Wednesday, CBP officers in Progresso, Texas, stopped a 32-year-old American citizen returning to the United States over the Progresso International Bridge. Officers referred the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer to a secondary inspection station where, once again, a K-9 officer alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search revealed four packages of what officers allege to be cocaine. The packages weighed at just under ten pounds and the cargo was valued at $76,500.
“Our CBP officers utilized their training and interviewing skills to intercept this significant amount of narcotics,” read a statement from Acting Laredo Port of Entry Port Director Albert Flores. “Their hard work and enforcement efforts serve as a great example of their commitment to secure our borders while facilitating legitimate travel.”