U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized narcotics in two enforcement actions that totaled over $53 million in street value. The drugs were cocaine, meth, marjuana, and heroin, the narcotics were hidden in a shipment of cauliflower vegetables and cushions in Laredo, Texas.
The first seizure occurred on Nov. 12, 2021, at the World Trade Bridge checkpoint, after officers encountered an 18-wheeler truck manifesting a shipment of fresh cauliflower arriving from Mexico.
The truck and the trailer were referred for a canine and non intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 412 packages containing 2,611.15 pounds of methamphetamine and 50 packages containing 113.31 pounds of cocaine within the commodity. The narcotics combined had an estimated street value of $53,096,364.
The second seizure occurred later that evening on November 12th, also at the World Trade Bridge. A 2012 Ford E-350 truck manifesting a shipment of seat cushions approached the checkpoint arriving from Mexico.
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The truck had 400 packages containing 1,013.68 pounds of marijuana within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $202,735.
Federal officers seized the narcotics and the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.