"Smugglers will always try new, creative methods to smuggle narcotics," said Anne Maricich, CBP deputy director of Field Operations in San Diego.
"We're expecting the number of migrants to go up more than double, and [CBP] and [DHS] are not prepared to deal with those kinds of numbers," Kelly said.
"Large-scale seizures, such as this one, exemplify our mission priorities in securing the border," Laredo Port of Entry Director Alberto Flores said.
The most recent seizure comes as CBP agents continue to intercept illicit narcotics across the U.S.' borders.
According to Customs and Border Protection, the driver that was found in possession of the illegal narcotics was detained and turned over to the DEA.
The leeches are known to have been used for medicinal purposes and are an endangered species according to wildlife officials.
"Smugglers continue to conceal narcotics and other contraband in myriad ways, which my officers seize over and over every shift," Michael Neipert said.
This disturbing turn to dystopian, invasive and dangerous technology along the border must end.
According to CBP, if the rings were real, the shipment would have been worth over $300,000.
President Biden said during the State of the Union that "If we are to advance liberty and justice, we need to secure the border and fix the immigration system."
According to data from CBP, over the past four months, the agency has seized over 234,000 pounds of illegal narcotics across the borders entering the U.S.
"Washington ought to really be paying attention to the deterioration of the economy and the rule of law in Mexico."
"This massive methamphetamine smuggling attempt was stopped, thanks to our vigilant officers," Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said in a statement.
Officers used a canine unit that is trained to detect the scent of illegal narcotics when the discovery was made.
"Our officers remain committed to keeping our borders secure," Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry said in a statement.
"The Border Patrol agents and the sheriffs are beyond a breaking point," Republican Congressman Tony Gonzales, who represents the district, told Newsweek.
The mother of the child was taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol agents shortly after, following the agency's guidelines.
Two men driving the vehicles where the narcotics were allegedly found in separate instances were both arrested, according to CBP.
As migrants continue to flock to the southwest border, Gonzales fears a potential terrorist threat and sees immigration reform as a possible solution.
"The investigation regarding this incident remains ongoing," a CBP spokesperson stated. At least 20 of the Haitian migrants required medical attention.
The Counter Network Division allegedly used databases intended to track terrorists to investigate journalists under former President Donald Trump.
Marisol García Alcántara says that she still experiences memory loss, dizzy spells, and headaches over half a year later. She still has fragments in her head.
"This is a flagrant example of a federal agency using its power to examine the contacts of journalists," AP Executive Editor Julie Pace wrote in a letter.
A similar discovery occurred in March when $1.3 million worth of cocaine washed up ashore on the Florida Keys' beaches.
According to Customs and Border Protection, since 2018 over "1,100 impostors" have been detected by facial scanning technology at ports of entry into the U.S.
The suspect, Christopher Jesus Costanzo, was reportedly turned away at the border because he lacked a negative COVID-19 test.
Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) argued that the successful seizure of the highly addictive and deadly opioid was an example of "Biden's Border Crisis."
The bill "requires an immediate investigation to ensure the proper vetting and processing of anyone that comes into our country," the Florida senator said.
The drugs were discovered in 2 separate incidents on the same night at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
Border Patrol officers said that such packages are often equipped with a GPS tracker to allow smugglers to locate the drugs after they're dropped by the drone.