Border Patrol Agents Seize More Than $2.2 Million Worth of Marijuana in Two Separate Cases
Laredo, Texas - On November 13, 2012, Laredo West and Zapata Station agents in two separate cases mount of marijuana valued at $2,295,840, and arrested one subject in each case.
In the first incident, agents assigned to the Laredo West Station were working roving patrol duties in the Mines Road area when they noticed a silver 2001 Dodge Ram pulling a gooseneck flatbed trailer hauling two large cream colored tanks traveling north bound. Border Patrol agents proceeded to conduct a routine immigration stop on the vehicle. After questioning the driver, record checks revealed that he had an active warrant in Gonzalez County, Texas. Agents proceeded to detain the subject, while a service canine conducted a cursory inspection simultaneously resulting in an alert. The truck was sent to Columbia Solidarity Bridge Inspection facility where an X-ray scan of the trailer and tanks was conducted, revealing anomalies. Upon opening the tanks, the agents discovered small bundles wrapped in brown packing tape and clear cellophane. The substance inside the bundles tested positive for marijuana. The driver, identified as a 28-year old male U.S. citizen from Dallas,Texas, was turned over to the Webb County Sheriff and Drug Enforcement Agency, which took custody of the narcotics.
A total of 151 bundles of marijuana were extracted, with a total weight of 1,372.9 pounds, an estimated value of $1,098,320.
In a separate incident, agents assigned to the Zapata Station seized a significant amount of marijuana and arrested one subject.
Agents working roving patrol duties in the Zapata County area observed a white 2008 Ford F-250 truck pulling a flatbed iron frame trailer loaded with wood poles traveling north bound on Highway 83. As agents followed the truck they noticed several discrepancies. Border Patrol agents proceeded to conduct an immigration vehicle stop; a service canine was also dispatched to the area. The agent asked the driver several routine questions when he noticed that the driver was extremely nervous and could not answer most of the questions.
After getting consent from the driver, a service canine was utilized to conduct a cursory inspection of the trailer which resulted in a positive alert. The driver was transported to the Zapata Station for further investigation.
At the station, agents conducted a thorough inspection of the trailer and noticed a false floor within the bed of the trailer. After dismantling the false compartment, agents discovered bundles wrapped in brown packaging. The substance inside the bundles tested positive for marijuana.
The driver, identified as a 40-year-old male U.S. citizen from Laredo, Texas, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency. A total of 258 bundles of marijuana were extracted with a total weight of 1,496.9 pounds at an estimated value of $1,197,520.
The truck and trailer were seized by the United States Border Patrol.
To report suspicious activity, including drug and alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol at (800) 343-1994, a toll free telephone number.
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 U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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.