LAREDO, TEXAS—On March 16, Laredo North agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a White tractor-trailer driven by Miguel Angel Escamilla, a 31-year old male, United States Citizen from Laredo at the primary inspection lane. As the driver was being questioned as to his citizenship, a service canine alerted to the trailer and was referred for further inspection.
Agents utilized non-intrusive detection technology that revealed anomalies in the cargo area. The cargo contained cardboard boxes filled with plastic bottle sprayers, microwave ovens and other miscellaneous items. After conducting a physical inspection of the anomalies within the cardboard boxes, agents discovered several bundles wrapped in clear cellophane containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. A total of 223 bundles were removed from the cargo area. The contraband weighed 5,459 pounds and has a street value of $4,367,200.
The narcotics, vehicle and subject were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.