LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found $1,136,531 worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine inside a shipment of statues at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.
The narcotics were seized on June 9 from an SUV whose driver declared the shipment from Mexico.
Officers referred the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection. That resulted in the discovery of 7.18 pounds of cocaine, 22.79 pounds of methamphetamine and 22.97 pounds of heroin.
“CBP’s overall mission is to protect American communities from cross-border crime that threatens public safety,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Laredo cargo facilities have excelled in enhancing border security by preventing the flow of suspected narcotics from seeping into our communities.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents took the case.