LAREDO, Texas – On August 22, 2016, Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector Border Patrol stopped an attempt to smuggle drugs at the Interstate Highway 35 Checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a Ford Focus at the primary inspection lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status when a service canine alerted to possible narcotics, or humans concealed within the vehicle. The driver was subsequently referred by agents to secondary for further inspection of the vehicle.
While at secondary, Border Patrol agents searched the vehicle and discovered PVC cylinders within the gas tank area. As agents removed the PVC cylinders, they noticed packages with a substance that tested positive for cocaine. A total of 10 PVC cylinders were removed with a total weight of 33.63 pounds with a street value of $1,076,160.00 USD. The driver, and narcotics were turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Border Patrol checkpoints are a critical enforcement tool. Our Border Patrol agents remain vigilant against all threats, including concealment of illegal drugs,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, 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.