In a statement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that the agency apprehended two American drug traffickers and seized almost $2.2 million in contraband at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge and the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.
Laredo Port of Entry Acting Director Andrew Douglas pointed to CBP’s efforts to combat drug traffickers.
“Drug trafficking organizations are persistent in their attempts to smuggle hard narcotics into the United States,” Douglas said. “Through hard work and vigilance we will continue to intercept these dangerous drugs at our port of entry before they can harm our communities.”
The first seizure occurred on October 6 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when authorities stopped a 2007 Dodge Ram that contained 29 pounds of cocaine worth about $224,740. A 24-year-old American man was arrested after attempting to enter Texas from Mexico with the illegal cargo.
The second seizure took place the next day at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge. A 54-year-old American woman was taken into custody for trying to smuggle 94 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $1,962,137 in a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse.
Together, the seized narcotics have an estimated street value of $2,186,877, according to the CBP. In a similar bust in June, CBP seized $2.5 million worth of marijuana at the World Trade Bridge.
Border security is an important issue in Texas and a key objective of President Trump’s administration. CBP has completed about 360 miles of Trump’s border wall project, using approximately 539,000 tons of steel and 774,000 cubic yards of concrete.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden contends that the president’s border wall project is ineffective.
“[Trump’s] obsession with building a wall does nothing to address security challenges while costing taxpayers billions of dollars,” the Biden campaign says on its website. “Most contraband comes in through our legal ports of entry.”
At an event in June, CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan stated that the border wall “helps us shape the behavior of the cartels,” which places CBP in a better position to interrupt illegal trafficking.
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.