March 17, 2014
Almost 80 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in bars of soap were found at a Laredo port of entry last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.
Federal officers seized the meth and arrested two men in connection with the case, CBP said. The estimated value for the alleged narcotics is about $2.5 million.
The seizure occurred Wednesday at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup driven by a 54-year-old U.S. citizen from Mesquite, Texas.
CBP officers referred the man and a male passenger, a 54-year-old Mexican citizen from Georgetown, Texas, to secondary inspection. At secondary, CBP officers conducted a closer examination of the vehicle and its baggage. The exam resulted in the discovery of four boxes containing 100 bars of soap. CBP said the bars of soap contained a combined 79 pounds of alleged meth.
Officers arrested both men and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
“Tenacious attention to detail and skilled experience is what CBP officers have to continually rely on, in order to keep up with the innovative methods that smugglers attempt to use in getting their narcotics past inspections,” said Jose R. Uribe, acting port director for the Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure speaks volumes to the dedication that is inherent in CBP officers and which they use in the protection of our borders and in keeping dangerous drugs like this from reaching our communities and streets.”