Authorities seize more than $690,000 worth of hard narcotics in Texas

By Emma Tucker

    (CNN) -- US Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas have seized nearly 90 pounds of hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $690,000, the agency said.

Border Patrol officers and Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized 32 packages containing nearly 90 pounds of alleged cocaine, CBP said in a news release on Friday.

"Attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains are increasing," said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. "Our continued dedication to maintaining a robust border security operations posture has led us to major narcotic interdictions at our cargo facilities."

CBP officers encountered a 2003 Freightliner tractor which appeared to contain a shipment of air conditioner parts arriving from Mexico, the release said.

The tractor and trailer were referred for a canine and nonintrusive inspection system examination, during which the narcotics were discovered, according to the release.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of $691,560, CBP said, adding officers seized the narcotics and the trailer.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents are investigating the seizure, officials said.

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