Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized a massive quantity of alleged methamphetamine from a commercial vehicle crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.
The drug bust was made on Tuesday, May 12, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
A tractor trailer hauling a shipment of plastic floor panels was stopped by officers at the cargo facility for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.
During the inspection, officers found 557 pounds of suspected methamphetamine hidden in the floor panels shipment.
The estimated street value of the drugs is $11,145,575.
CBP seized the methamphetamine and turned the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
“Even though anti-terrorism is our primary mission, CBP officers maintain their vigilance to ensure commercial entries are safe and free of contraband,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
CBP officers prevented 557lbs of meth from reaching our streets. Vigilant officers found the drugs in a shipment of plastic floor panels at the World Trade Bridge. We will not tolerate smugglers’ attempts to spread poison in our communities. https://t.co/Fsm1z2gOAS pic.twitter.com/4ejhbNmmJK
— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) May 14, 2020