Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently seized hundreds of pounds of cocaine from a tractor trailer arriving to the U.S. from Mexico.
The drug seizure occurred on April 8, 2022, at the Laredo Port of Entry in Texas.
According to CBP, an officer assigned to the World Trade Bridge encountered a tractor trailer from Mexico loaded with papier-mâché handicrafts.
The truck was referred for a secondary inspection.
Using non-intrusive imaging technology, CBP discovered 101 packages containing a total of 427 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the conveyance. CBP says that the street value of the seized drugs is $3.2 million.
The drugs were seized by CBP. The incident is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.
“Our frontline officers continue to maintain strict vigilance in the commercial truck environment and their effective utilization of training, inspections experience and technology successfully prevented a significant load of cocaine from ever reaching U.S. streets,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.