Binational Collaboration with Laredo Sector Border Patrol and the Government of Mexico Prevents Narcotics from Entering Our Country
LAREDO, Texas – On May 18, 2018, members of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Foreign Operations Branch (FOB), working collaboratively with the Government of Mexico (GoM), prevented a large narcotic seizure from entering the United States.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Foreign Operations Branch worked diligently with GoM to avoid a tractor-trailer attempting to cross a large load through a Laredo Port of Entry. GoM officials had been monitoring the trailer that was loaded with narcotic bundles when FOB was advised. GoM officials located and confiscated the trailer and narcotics, which was a significant amount. A total of 423 bundles were seized by Mexican military. The bundles tested positive for marijuana and had a total weight of 10,083.944 pounds, with a street value of $8M.
“This seizure clearly demonstrates the exceptional level of binational cooperation that the Border Patrol has with the Government of Mexico. We fully intend to continue this level of cooperation between both governments to locate and prevent the smuggling of illicit contraband,” said Jason D. Owens, Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent.
The Laredo Sector Foreign Operations Branch (FOB) was established in October 2016, for the purpose of streamlining, structuring and building upon the successes of the International Liaison Unit. LRT FOB was built on four pillars consisting of: International Liaison Unit, Consular Affairs Team, Bi-national Enforcement and Bi-national Prosecutions.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.
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.