Bi-national Cooperation Results in Seizure of Marijuana
LAREDO, Texas – Cooperation between U.S. Border Patrol assets and the Government of Mexico yielded a marijuana seizure by the Mexican Military in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
On the evening of November 5, agents from the Laredo North Station working in north Laredo notified the Laredo Sector Foreign Operations Branch that armed individuals had been observed on the Mexican riverbank. They were observed carrying bundles suspected of containing narcotics. The individuals left the area with the bundles and moved to another location in Nuevo Laredo.
Through coordinated efforts and the sharing of information, the Mexican Military (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional – SEDENA) was able to find the place where the group had relocated to.
In the early morning hours of November 6, SEDENA personnel arrived at that location and conducted a search of the area. A total of 10 bundles of marijuana totaling 110 kilograms (242.5 lb.) were found and seized. SEDENA personnel also seized a vehicle. The narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Procuraduría General de la República (Attorney General’s Office) for disposition. No arrests were made.
This narcotics seizure represents the importance of bi-national cooperation to effectively reduce the trafficking of illicit narcotics at the border.
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