A $2.5 million worth of cocaine has been discovered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inside a tractor-trailer at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
The CBP said that from the last four months they have already seized over 234,000 pounds of illegal narcotics across the borders entering the U.S. And over 22,000 drug seizure events were also recorded across the past four months (October, November, December, and January).
According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the incident occurred on Thursday, February 24, at the Roma International Bridge cargo facility, which is located along the border in southern Texas.
While stationed at the bridge’s cargo facility, CBP officers encountered a tractor-trailer attempting to gain entry into the U.S. from Mexico.
Packages containing 329 pounds of alleged cocaine were found concealed.
Port Director Andres Guerra said, “Our frontline CBP officers at Roma Port of Entry seized a significant amount of hard narcotics in the cargo environment utilizing an effective combination of inspections experience and technology and helped keep our community safe in the process.”
An initial inspection of the tractor-trailer was conducted by border officials, but the trailer was eventually referred to a “further inspection,” according to CBP. During the secondary inspection, border officials used non-intrusive imaging equipment. A screening was also conducted by a CBP canine team that is trained to smell for potential narcotics.
The driver was turned over to Roma Police Department for further investigation. CBP did not provide the identity of the individual driving the tractor-trailer.
$2.5M IN COCAINE SEIZED IN TEXAS
On February 24, CBP officers at the Roma Port of Entry cargo facility seized $2.5 million in cocaine within a tractor trailer. Officers discovered packages containing 329.37lbs of the substance during inspection.
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“CBP OFO [Office of Field Operations] seized the narcotics and turned them and the driver over to Roma Police Department for further investigation,” the press release said.
Just a few days earlier too on February 1, more than $4 million worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine was also discovered by CBP officers in Arizona hidden inside the air conditioning unit of a man’s RV.