Federal customs agents in Laredo uncovered a significant drug bust, seizing over 1,100 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $10 million.
“The narcotics combined had a street value of $10,298,520,” the agency said
U.S Customs and Border Protection officers stationed at the World Trade Bridge discovered during a secondary inspection of a tractor-trailer on December 21, as reported by the agency
“CBP is proud of the work our frontline officers do to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This significant seizure is an example of ongoing operational efforts conducted daily to protect our borders.”
Originally declared as a shipment of cut flowers, the refrigerated trailer harbored an illicit cargo. The inspection revealed 165 pounds of powdered methamphetamine, 854 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, and 165 pounds of cocaine, according to CBP.
“Toxic bouquet: @DFOLaredo @CBP officers seize 1,018 pounds of methamphetamine, 165 pounds of cocaine valued at $10.2M hidden within a commercial shipment of cut flowers at #Laredo’s World Trade Bridge,” CBP Texas tweeted.
The agency's South Texas division referred to this illicit consignment as a "toxic bouquet" cleverly concealed among the flowers, as stated on their social media platforms.
Homeland Security Investigations special agents are now actively engaged in probing the circumstances surrounding this intricate drug smuggling operation.