March 10, 2020

USA: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Reports, In February, Seizures Of The 4 Major Drugs Were Up, Including A 75% Increase In Fentanyl Seized And A 30% Increase In Meth Seized.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
written by Staff
Monday March 9, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 161 pounds (73 kilos) of cocaine Saturday inside several parcel boxes arriving to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on a cargo aircraft that departed from Bogota, Colombia. The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $1.8 million.

“Transnational Criminal Organizations select diverse routes within the supply chain to introduce narcotics”, stated Roberto Vaquero, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Businesses and companies within the supply chain must reinforce their security systems to avoid such inconveniences.”

On Mar. 7, a CBP Contraband Enforcement Team inspected various parcels at the cargo inspection station for the San Juan Airport. A CBP K9 alerted to several boxes manifested as flowers.

Inside of the boxes, CBP Officers discovered 73 kilograms that tested positive for cocaine.

The CBP Contraband Enforcement Team seized the cocaine and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents took custody of the packages for investigation.

CBP’s mission is to safeguard America’s borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
written by Staff
Friday March 6, 2020

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro port of entry intercepted cache of narcotics valued at $468,000.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m., on March. 5, CBP officers encountered a 23-year-old man after he entered the port of entry driving a 2015 Dodge Ram. A CBP canine team was roving when the canine gave a positive alert to the truck.

CBP officers used the port’s imaging system, which revealed anomalies in the dashboard. Officers later extracted 33 pounds of fentanyl, two pounds of heroin, 10 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of methamphetamine. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $468,000.

The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt. CBP officers turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. He was transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment.

“Fentanyl is a very dangerous narcotic that could have deadly consequences if not handled properly,” said Officer in Charge Ed Avila. “CBP officers and canine teams working together to intercept narcotics and keep them from seeping into our communities.”

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Those statistics can be found here: CBP-enforcement-statistics
US Customs and Border Patrol
written by Staff
Friday March 6, 2020

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a smuggling attempt of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $277,000 while conducting enforcement operations.

“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officers will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our communities,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred on Thursday, March 5, at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2005 Chevrolet Van for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 80 packages containing 14 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of $277,780.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle. The case was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.


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