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Binational Coordination Results in a Massive Marijuana Seizure

Release Date: 
December 5, 2016

LAREDO, Texas – On December 1, 2016, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Zapata Station, working with the Government of Mexico (GoM), yielded a large narcotic seizure.

bundles of marijuana seized from the Zapata station on December 1, 2016
U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Zapata
Station, working with the Government of
Mexico, yielded a massive narcotic
seizure

At about 9:30 a.m., Zapata Border Patrol agents working Aerostat operations observed some illegal activity on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake. Border Patrol agents noticed several subjects loading bundles of contraband on a boat.  Moments later, agents contacted the Mexican Authorities to update them about the location.  GoM officials located and confiscated the narcotics, which was a significant amount. 

The bundles tested positive for marijuana and had a total weight of 6,283 pounds with an estimated street value of $5,026,000.

“This is our second binational seizure of this magnitude. We fully intend to continue this level of cooperation between both governments to locate and prevent the smuggling of illicit contraband,” said Mario Martinez, Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol using the toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994. 

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017