While most of Laredo was celebrating the Washington’s Birthday Festivities over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers kept a sharp focus on border security efforts.
LAREDO, TX (KGNS) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized over $2.3 million dollars’ worth of illegal narcotics over the weekend.
The first incident happened on Thursday, February 21st when officers at the World Trade Bridge referred a 2003 Freightliner tractor-trailer to secondary inspection.
Officers say at the time of the inspection, the driver was hauling an empty trailer.
When officers searched the trailer, they found 264 bundles of alleged cocaine hidden within the conveyance.
The narcotics had an estimated street value of $2.03 million dollars.
The second incident happened on Sunday, February 24th when officers at the same bridge discovered 50 packages of alleged marijuana inside a tractor-trailer.
Officers say the driver was hauling a shipment of bentonite clay during the inspection.
The marijuana weighed about 1,347 pounds and had an estimated street value of $269,314.
CBP Officers Seize Nearly $6.1M Worth of Hard Drugs
February 25, 2019
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than 349 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and suspected fentanyl on Saturday from three separate significant drug seizures.
CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 67-year-old Rio Rico, Arizona man for a further inspection of his Jeep SUV when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Saturday morning. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers seized hard drugs from throughout the vehicle. They seized nearly 21 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated value of almost $560,000. They also seized 103 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $2.5M; 116 pounds of methamphetamine, worth over $347,000 and 1.5 pounds of suspected fentanyl, worth almost $20,000.
National Guard Assists BP with 75 Apprehensions Over the Weekend
February 25, 2019
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 75 illegal aliens with assistance from National Guard helicopter crews working under Operation Guardian Support over the weekend.
Throughout the weekend, agents encountered 10 separate groups across the desert west of Tucson. Border Patrol agents aboard National Guard UH-72 Lakota and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters guided other agents on the ground to make the arrests, and at times deployed to the ground to make the arrests themselves.
In stark contrast to the large groups of Central American family units surrendering in recent months, these persons were found north of the border in rugged, remote terrain and wearing camouflage clothing to avoid apprehension.
OGS personnel continue to serve as a valuable assets in the Border Patrol’s security mission. The National Guard provides assistance in multiple areas such as aerial support, road maintenance,
CBP Air and Marine Operations Initiate Joint Effort, Seize Over 700 Kgs. of Cocaine
February 25, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— A CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 crew assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, was conducting maritime patrols when they located and tracked a panga style vessel in the Eastern Pacific on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The AMO P-3 crew maintained the initial radar contact of the surface target of interest (STOI), a 35-foot long panga with two out-board engines. The vessel was visibly riding low in the water although only three individuals could be seen onboard.
A Navy alert P-8 was launched to assist the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) with the interdiction the following day.
USCG interdicted the panga and conducted a search for contraband. Three people claiming Ecuadorian nationality were detained and 719 kgs. of cocaine were seized.
The National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville forms half of the P-3 operations wing. With its partner center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jacksonville operates P-3 aircraft throughout North and