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Roses shipped with $9.5M of meth create a thorny situation

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge seized hard narcotics that totaled over $9.5 million in a commercial shipment of roses.

“Officers in the cargo environment interdicted and seized millions worth in alleged methamphetamine, an addictive synthetic stimulant that causes a significant number of deaths nationwide,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo port of entry. “CBP remains committed to its border security mission while effectively facilitating lawful trade and travel.”

The seizure occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the World Trade Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Freightliner hauling a utility refrigerated trailer manifesting a commercial shipment of roses for secondary inspection. Officers discovered a total of 1,033.96 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the commodity.

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