By Ray Gomez
Story Updated: Jul 8, 2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized over five pounds of heroin over the weekend and say the numbers continue to grow.
36-year-old Jose Luis Walter was arrested at The Gateway to the Americas Bridge early Saturday morning after trying to hide over five pounds of heroin in an ice chest.
The estimated value of the heroine was nearly half a million dollars.
C.B.P. officers say there have been a significant number of seizures of heroin in the last few months.
In fiscal year 2007, 12 pounds of the narcotic were seized.
Since October of last year 57 pounds of heroin have been discovered.
This year 505 people have been arrested at Laredo’s bridges for various seizures compared to only 477 in the entire year of 2007.