August 25, 2013
The amount of methamphetamine seized at Laredo ports of entry has increased 184.8 percent, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently said.
In fiscal year 2011, CBP in Laredo seized 348 pounds of meth. In fiscal year 2012, the amount of meth seized increased to 991 pounds, according to CBP officials.
|A Transporte del Norte commercial bus passes by the Z-Portal Vehicle Imaging System at International Bridge II. The Z-Portal allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to perform an efficient, quicker way to inspect a bus with X-ray imaging|
Meth, a highly addictive stimulant, is cheap to make, said CBP K-9 Enforcement Officer Juan de Dios Aguero.
Area law enforcement officials have said products or ingredients used to make meth are readily available in Mexico.
“Mexican drug trafficking organizations have become the primary manufacturers and distributors of methamphetamine to cities throughout the United States, including in Hawaii,” a Drug Enforcement Administration resource guide states.
One kilogram of meth in Laredo is valued at about $22,000. But its price can dramatically increase once it reaches northern cities, according to local officials.