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Triple play by CBP officers results

PROGRESO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso Port of Entry seized narcotics valued at over a million dollars in three separate, unrelated enforcement actions at the Progreso Port of Entry. “Illicit drug traffickers are relentless in their pursuits to smuggle narcotics through our ports of entry and onto the streets of our communities,” said Port Director Walter Weaver, Progreso Port of Entry. Despite this trying and ongoing pandemic, our frontline CBP officers remain vigilant, using their training and experience coupled with our high-tech tools leading to the three separate seizures of narcotics.” The first enforcement action occurred on Friday, November 6th when CBP officers assigned to Progreso International Bridge encountered a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 2007 Ford F-150 truck. The driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for an indepth inspection. An inspection utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system resulted in the discovery of 43 packages containing 318.35 pounds of alleged marijuana discovered within the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $63,668. Later that evening, CBP officers referred a 2013 Chrysler 300 driven by a 32-yearold female U.S. citizen for a secondary inspection. Following an x-ray inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 25 packages containing 18.83 pounds of alleged heroin and 41.22 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $831,320. The third narcotics interception took place on Sunday, November 8th when CBP officers referred a 2001 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 50-year-old female U.S. citizen for a secondary inspection. CBP officers examined the vehicle utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system, resulting in the discovery of six packages containing 14.45 pounds of alleged heroin concealed within the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $393,600. The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $1,288,588. CBP officers seized the narcotics. All three drivers were arrested and the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICEHSI) special agents for further investigation. Press release courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ...

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