Border Patrol Agents Prevent a Cocaine Smuggling Attempt at Checkpoint
LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents prevented the smuggling of cocaine at the Highway 59 Checkpoint near Freer, Texas.
Late in the afternoon of May 25, agents working the Freer Border Patrol checkpoint encountered a tractor-trailer with visible occupants in the primary inspection lane. While agents conducted an immigration inspection on the individuals, a canine alerted to the odors of concealed humans and/or narcotics in the flatbed trailer. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered 11 large bundles of cocaine inside hidden compartments of the flatbed trailer.
The driver and passenger were identified as permanent residents of Mexico and Guatemala. The subjects were placed under arrest and taken into custody by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).
The drugs weighed approximately 12.05 kilograms (26.56 pounds) with an estimated street value of $848,320.00. The narcotics and tractor-trailer were taken by DCSO.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.