Saturday, July 23, 2022

Cocaine Seizures Up as More Than 2 Million Migrants Crossed Border; $600K worth of cocaine seized from ‘juice’ truck in Laredo, Texas

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Cocaine seizures up as more than 2 million migrants crossed border:
The number of migrants crossing the southern border with Mexico in June dropped, but the number of cocaine seizures rose, according to the latest figures from US Customs and Border Protection.
More than 153,000 migrants crossed the southern border with Mexico in June, bringing the total “encounters” with Border Patrol to more than 2 million for the current fiscal year, the data shows.
The number represented a 14% decrease from May, which saw more than 207,000 migrants cross the border, but the number of people who were repeat border crossers went up.
In June, 26% of all “encounters” with Border Patrol agents involved those who had at least “one prior encounter in the previous 12 months,” the figures show.
The average re-encounter rate from 2014 to 2019 was 15%, CBP statistics show. --->READ MORE HERE
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
$600K worth of cocaine seized from ‘juice’ truck in Laredo, Texas:
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 claimed to be carrying “juice,” 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. --->READ MORE HERE
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