More than half a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized from a truck purporting to be delivering “juice” and attempting to enter the US through the southern border, authorities said.
The drug bust occurred at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas when border agents encountered a freight truck claiming it was carrying “juice,” the US Customs and Border Protection said Monday.
“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 said.
The agency estimated the seizure was worth more than $600,000.
Officials said the drug bust comes as the number of interceptions at the US-Mexico border has reached an all-time high.
“Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and technology played a key role in the discovery of these illicit narcotics,” Laredo Port of Entry Director Alberto Flores said in a statement.
“We remain committed to ensuring our cargo system remains secure while facilitating lawful commerce.”
President Biden has come under fire from states that border Mexico with several officials blaming his immigration policies for allowing drugs and other narcotics to enter the US undetected.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed Biden over the policies.
“Biden should be given an honorary membership in the Mexican drug cartels,” said DeSantis.
“Because nobody has done more to help the cartels than Biden with his open border policies.”
According to recent data, customs officials have confiscated nearly 200,000 pounds of illicit narcotics since the beginning of the year.
In a record-breaking bust last week in southern California, US officials seized more than $5,000 worth of meth.