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Latino Daily News

Wednesday November 24, 2010

Cash, Heroin in Crotch and Dead Iguanas – Just Another Day at Border Patrol

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo port of entry over a 24-hour period seized more than half a million in undeclared currency, 43 dead, skinned iguanas and more than a pound of heroin in separate enforcement actions. 

CBP officers seized the 14 bundles containing over $565,950 in undeclared currency and turned the driver, a 45-year-old Mexican citizen from Bolingbrook, Ill., over to U.S. Immigration.

On the same day last week CBP officers at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge discovered a taxicab entering the U.S. with 43 dead, skinned iguanas without the required exportation and importation permits. The driver and passenger were turned over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents for further investigation.

To cap the week off, CBP officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge identified two U.S. citizens from Dallas, ages 53 and 23, walking back into the U.S., carrying tubes of heroin within a body cavity of each woman. CBP officers seized a total of slightly more than a pound of alleged heroin with an estimated street value of $100,000.

“This diverse array of enforcement actions illustrates the wide variety of laws that our frontline CBP officers uphold on behalf of over 60 other federal agencies,” said Gene Garza, CBP port director, Laredo.