$6,9 Million in Cocaine Seized in Separate Busts

LAREDO, TX – The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than $6,9 million worth of cocaine on Oct. 16 in two separate operations over the weekend.

The cocaine was seized from two different tractor-trailers at the World Trade Bridge.

A tractor-trailer that was supposedly hauling a shipment of aluminum scrap was the first bust. The tractor-trailer was referred for a secondary inspection, which led to the discovery of the narcotics. The narcotics were located by using a K9 unit and non-intrusive imaging systems. The CBP discovered 135 packages that contained 337 pounds of what is thought to be cocaine within the aluminum scrap shipment.

The second bust was later on the same day. The second tractor-trailer was also hauling a shipment of aluminum scrap. Following the same non-intrusive imaging system and K9 units checks, police discovered 223 packages containing a total of 567 pounds of alleged cocaine within the aluminum scrap.

CBP confiscated the alleged narcotics and turned the case over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents.

The nationality of both drives is yet to be disclosed.

The total amount of packages discovered is 358 packages containing a total of 904 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of over $6,973,400 million.