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LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized narcotics valued at more than $2.8 million in two recent unrelated operations at the World Trade and Colombia-Solidarity bridges.

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The first seizure occurred Dec. 8 at the World Trade Bridge cargo facility, where investigators encountered a tractor-trailer shipment of carpet rolls. Upon further inspection, the 2008 Freightliner tractor and its shipment were found to conceal 1,186 packages containing 7,704 pounds of suspected marijuana valued at roughly $1.4 million.

The second seizure occurred Dec. 9 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, where investigators discovered a privately owned 2003 Chevrolet Astro traveling from Guanajuato, Mexico, to Dallas, Texas. Upon further inspection, agents found 23 beer bottles totaling 73.1 pounds of suspected liquid methamphetamine hidden within baggage inside the van. The suspected meth has a street value of nearly $2.9 million.

Both cases were turned over to special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.