Border Patrol officers seize $ 3.2 million worth of cocaine from a truck trying to enter the US

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized 427 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $ 3 million, during the inspection of a tractor trailer that attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border last week .

Laredo Port Director Albert Flores issued a statement outlining the efforts of CBP officers involved in drug prevention entering the country.

“Our frontline officers remain strictly vigilant in the commercial truck environment and their effective use of training, inspection experience and technology has been successfully prevented by a significant charge of cocaine ever reaching American streets,” Flores sei,

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On April 8, an officer in the port of Laredo encountered a commercial truck coming from Mexico carrying paper mache made of glass crafts, and the officer subjected the truck to a second inspection. The secondary inspection produced 101 packages of cocaine.

CBP officers discovered 101 packages containing 427 pounds of cocaine at a border crossing point in Laredo.  (US Customs and Border Protection)

CBP officers discovered 101 packages containing 427 pounds of cocaine at a border crossing point in Laredo. (US Customs and Border Protection)
(US Customs and Border Protection)

“After conducting an in-depth secondary investigation, involving use of non-invasive inspection (NII) equipment, CBP officers discovered 101 packages containing a total of 427 pounds (193.8 kg) of suspected cocaine hidden within it. value of $ 3.2 million, “the CBP said in a statement.

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That same day, CBP officers in El Paso seized 47 pounds of cocaine during an inspection of cars at a border crossing, the bureau said.

“CBP is dedicated to upholding our important border security mission,” CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha said in a statement regarding the April 8 incident involving illegal drugs and keeping them out of our communities.

Video from a Border Patrol source shows agents in a heated back-and-forth with USBP chief Raul Ortiz right in front of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his visit to Laredo, Texas, Friday, Jan.  28, 2022.

Video from a Border Patrol source shows agents in a heated back-and-forth with USBP chief Raul Ortiz right in front of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his visit to Laredo, Texas, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
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The cocaine, valued at more than $ 500,000, was found by CBP officers and CBP enforcement officers, who inspected the car of a 49-year-old woman trying to enter the country from Mexico, the agency said. The woman is thought to be a Mexican citizen.

#USBP Laredo North agents locate a missing female youth hidden in a tractor-truck at the I-35 checkpoint.  #borderSecurity

#USBP Laredo North agents locate a missing female youth hidden in a tractor-truck at the I-35 checkpoint. #borderSecurity
(Border control)

CBP said its dogs, trained to detect the smell of narcotics, sounded the alarm and officers conducted an in-depth inspection of the car.

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The CBP officers then discovered 20 packages of cocaine in car panels and the driver was transferred to immigration and customs enforcement to prosecute, the agency said.


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