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Officers Find Nearly $1.6 Million In Drugs At World Trade Bridge

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found $1.5 million in drugs at the World Trade Bridge on the U.S.- Mexico border over a two-day period.

The first seizure of the drugs occurred on Tuesday, according to a CBP press release on Saturday. A 1999 Freightliner tractor was examined and through a non-intrusive imaging system along with a canine inspection, officers discovered 70 packages of cocaine.

The second seizure happened on Thursday when nine packages of heroin were found. They were found in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup using the same inspection processes.

The combined street value of the drugs was nearly $1.6 million, according to CBP.

This is not the first time large amounts of drug have been seized in the Laredo, Texas area. (RELATED: Border Patrol Finds 18 Illegal Aliens Stashed In Tractor’s Sleeper Cabin)

Over $260,000 in heroin were seized from a 31-year-old American citizen on Wednesday. CBP agents arrested the San Antonio, Texas man for transporting the 10 pounds of heroin in a 1994 Buick Sedan.

The amount of drugs captured at the southwest border outnumbered those seized at the northern and coastal border checkpoints. Over 15,000 ounces of heroin and more than 6,000 pounds of cocaine were seized at the southwestern border in fiscal year 2017.

Heroin seizure in the northern border was 62 ounces, while coastal borders did not have such incidences. Over 3,000 pounds of cocaine were found at the coastal border ports while three pounds of the drug were caught at the northern border for fiscal year 2017, the CBP data shows.

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