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$4.3 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized by Border Patrol Agents

Release Date: 
March 18, 2013

 

Agents discovered the contraband hidden among cardboard boxes filled with plastic bottle sprayers, microwave ovens and other miscellaneous items.

Laredo North Station agents seized a total of 5,459 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $4,367,200.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017