2 tons marijuana, $2.7 million in meth, $1.7 million in heroin found at Texas border in five days

Packaged bundles containing 1,496 pounds of marijuana were seized Jan. 13, 2016 by Customs and Border Protection agents working the
World Trade Bridge between Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

Houston Chronicle
2:18 pm, Thursday, January 21, 2016

A string of border busts over a five-day span have stopped millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs from entering Texas from Mexico.

The first two big seizures came in back-to-back busts Jan. 13 at the World Trade Bridge connecting Laredo, Texas with Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

There, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 2,211 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a commercial scrap metal shipment just hours before finding another 1,496 pounds hidden inside a tractor trailer.

Combined, the two marijuana seizures weighed nearly two tons, and kept an estimated $741,363 worth of marijuana off the streets.

Three days later, CBP agents working the Progreso Port of Entry stopped a Jeep containing 138.49 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $2.76 million.

Then the following day at the same entry point, agents stopped another man driving a Honda, inside of which was hidden 75 pounds of heroin ($1.7 million street value) and 15 pounds of cocaine ($114,920 street value).

"The narcotic interdiction can be attributed to CBP's commitment to protect our nation's borders," said Port Director Nestor Garza III, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry, in a media release.
"Our officers' dedication and work ethic is second to none."