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Texas: $3.2 million in alleged cocaine seized at border

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A tractor trailer coming into the US from Mexico was caught Friday carrying 427 kilos of alleged cocaine, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) mentioned Sunday.

An officer stationed on the World Commerce Bridge in Laredo, Texas, encountered a truck hauling papier-mâché handicrafts and despatched it for a secondary examination, based on a CBP information launch.

Officers used nonintrusive inspection equipment and located 101 packages containing 427 kilos of alleged cocaine with an estimated avenue worth of $3.2 million.

The Workplace of Subject Operations seized the medication, and particular brokers with US Homeland Safety Investigations are investigating, based on CBP.

“Our frontline officers proceed to take care of strict vigilance within the industrial truck atmosphere,” mentioned Albert Flores, Port Director on the Laredo Port of Entry. “Their efficient utilization of coaching, inspections expertise and know-how efficiently prevented a big load of cocaine from ever reaching US streets.”

In January, the CPB warned of a big uptick in cocaine and fentanyl being seized at ports throughout south Texas.

Throughout fiscal yr 2021, the CPB mentioned it seized 87,652 kilos of narcotics at ports comprising the Laredo Subject Workplace with a avenue worth of round $786 million, together with 8,592 kilos of cocaine, up 98% from fiscal yr 2020.

They seized 588 kilos of fentanyl, up 1,066% from FY 2020, based on CPB.