Tractor-trailers carrying $8.7 million in meth, pot stopped at South Texas border crossing

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Packages containing 3,272 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. (Courtesy CBP)

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EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — A pair of drug busts netted more than $8.7 million worth of narcotics last week at a South Texas border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Both drug seizures occurred at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

On Friday, border officers conducted a non-intrusive imaging inspection on a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of plastic containers. With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, officers found 137 packages containing 3,272 pounds of marijuana.

The previous day, border officers discovered 159 packages containing 581 pounds of methamphetamine in a tractor-trailer following a secondary inspection that also involved an NII and the assistance of a canine unit.

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“CBP officers display a high level of vigilance in preventing contraband from entering our country each day,” Laredo Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in a statement.

CBP officers seized the narcotics, which had a combined estimated street value of $8,790,180.

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations are investigating both incidents.

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