Border Patrol officers and officers from the Office of Field Operations (OFO) seized 32 packages containing nearly 90 pounds of suspected cocaine, CBP said in a news release Friday.
“Attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains are on the rise,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Our continued dedication to maintaining a strong border security operations posture has led to significant narcotics interdictions at our cargo facilities.” CBP officers found a 2003 Freightliner truck that appeared to contain a shipment of air conditioning parts arriving from Mexico, according to the release. The tractor and trailer were referred for a non-intrusive inspection system and canine exam, during which the narcotics were discovered, according to the release.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $691,560, CBP said, adding that officers seized the narcotics and the trailer.
Special agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations are investigating the seizure, authorities said.
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