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CBP wants a vendor to extract and decontaminate drugs smuggled inside hazmat trucks

Is this Hazmat truck
smuggling narcotics?

CBP is so intent on finding narcotics being smuggled inside vehicles heading north from the U.S.-Mexico border through the state of Texas that it wants to hire a vendor to extract narcotics and other contraband hidden inside hazmat trucks carrying toxic materials, such as well waste water, oil and drilling fluids.

The contractor would be expected to pull the hidden bundles of narcotics out of the solids, liquids or sludge contained in the vehicle; decontaminate the narcotics; and turn the contraband over to the U.S. CBP agents who will oversee the operations at two Border Patrol checkpoints in Texas. These extraction and decontamination operations will take place in Encino and Sarita, TX, according to a solicitation posted online by CBP on March 21.

“The illegal contraband is often found in non-purged tankers, but on some occasions may be found in other containment items,” says the CBP notice. “The contractor shall then remove and dispose of all contaminates encountered during the disinfecting of the illegal contraband.”

The selected contractor will be expected to have two-person teams available on a 24/7 basis, and should be able to respond within six hours of a call from CBP.

“The Contractor shall provide all manpower, equipment and supplies in the performance of this contract including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), respirators, Hazmat holding containers and Hazmat spill containment kits,” the notice continues.

To reach the illegal contraband, the contractor may have to employ a vacuum truck to remove hazardous materials from the non-purged vehicles. “The Contractor shall demonstrate experience in managing ignitable, corrosive, reactive, and toxicity characteristics of hazardous waste,” says the CBP’s statement of work.

The agency envisions a single fixed-price indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for a one-year base period plus four one-year options.

Based on prior years, CBP estimates that it will need this service at least twice and at most 96 times in any given year.

Further information is available from Susan Gonzalez, a contracting officer, at 956-289-4870 or [email protected]



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