LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station prevented several bundles of narcotics from being smuggled into the city.
The bundles tested positive for marijuana, with a total weight of 213.7 lbs, (96.9kgs) with an estimated value of $170,960.00.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on July 16, when agents working their assigned duties responded to a report of several suspicious individuals near the Rio Grande River on the west side of the Laredo near Markly Street. Agents identified that several individuals were attempting to enter into the United States by crossing the river near a residential area by the river banks. Agents quickly responded and located three bundles of marijuana in the brush. Agents also prevented 6 individuals from bringing additional bundles across the Rio Grande River.
The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.