Border Protection announces seizure of $600k in cocaine in Laredo
Drugs reportedly transported on a fake "juice" trailer.
Federal agents this week announced the seizure of a whopping $600,000 in cocaine at the Texas-Mexico border, a haul that officials said was being transported in a surreptitious juice truck.
The bust occurred last week on July 7 at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Tex., when "a CBP officer referred a 1997 Freightliner trailer hauling a shipment of 'juice' for a secondary inspection," U.S. Customs and Border protection said in a press release.
"The truck was referred for a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, resulting in the discovery of 38 packages containing 87 pounds of alleged cocaine within the tires of the trailer," the agency continued.
The seized drugs "had an estimated street value of $671,160," the press release said.
“Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and technology played a key role in the discovery of these illicit narcotics,” Port Director Alberto Flores said in the release.. “We remain committed to ensuring our cargo system remains secure while facilitating lawful commerce.”