Laredo, Texas - On Oct. 25, Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents seized almost 2,000 pounds of marijuana in two separate cases.
Laredo North agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a 1999 tractor-trailer driven by a 38-year-old male from Mexico at the primary inspection lane. As agents questioned the driver, a K-9 alerted to the tractor-trailer, which was subsequently referred to secondary for further inspection. A more thorough search of the trailer was conducted and agents discovered several black plastic bags encased in cellophane wrapping that tested positive for marijuana. The bags had a total weight of 696.6 pounds, with an estimated street value of $557,280.
In a separate incident, agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station were working their assigned duties and noticed two suspicious pickup trucks exit a ranch property. Agents initiated a vehicle stop, however as agents approached the pickup trucks to conduct an immigration inspection, one of the trucks drove away and was later found. Marijuana bundles were found hidden in the bed and toolbox of the truck. The marijuana weighed 1,303.9 pounds, and with an estimated street value of $1,043,200.
A total of 2,000.50 pounds of marijuana was seized in the two separate cases, with a combined street value of $1,600,480.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating both cases.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/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.