LAREDO, TEXAS – On July 3, at approximately 11:27a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Border Patrol Station seized 673 pounds of marijuana during a drug-smuggling attempt.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Station were working line-watch operations when they observed a suspicious vehicle near Highway 83 make an abrupt turn, indication of a possible drug smuggling attempt. As the agents drove closer, they encountered the vehicle abandoned.
A search of the area was conducted and agents were able to recover 30 bundles of contraband inside the vehicle. The total weight of the 30 bundles was 672.85 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $538,280.00USD. All subjects involved in the smuggling attempt absconded, no arrests were made.
The Laredo Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.