Laredo, TX - On Oct. 26, Laredo West Station agents assigned to their daily operations seized a significant amount of marijuana and arrested one subject.
Agents working roving patrol duties in the Mines Road area noticed a suspicious 1999 tractor pulling a flatbed trailer. As agents drove closer to the trailer, the driver became noticeably nervous. Border Patrol agents conducted a routine stop on the tractor in order to conduct an immigration inspection. A service canine was also dispatched to perform a cursory inspection of the vehicle which resulted in an alert. The driver, identified as a 51-year old male U.S. citizen from New Caney, and the vehicle, were transported to the Laredo West Station for further questioning and an intensive inspection of the tractor-trailer. While at the station, the agents discovered bundles that were hidden on the trailer, inside six wooden crates that were covered by sacks of commercial lime. The substance inside the bundles tested positive for marijuana.
A total of 116 bundles of marijuana were extracted, with a total weight of 2,601.5 pounds, with an estimated value of $2,081,200.
The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the subject, tractor-trailer and the marijuana.
To report suspicious activity such as drug or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (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.