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Border Patrol Prevents Narcotics Smuggling Attempt

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LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented an attempt to smuggle marijuana through a checkpoint located near Hebbronville, Texas.

The incident occurred on Aug. 18, when a black pickup truck approached the primary inspection area of the checkpoint on State Highway 16. 

Packages containing 40 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents during an inspection at the Hwy. 16 checkpoint near Hebbronville, Texas.
Border Patrol agents seized 40 pounds of
marijuana hidden within luggage during an
inspection at the Hwy. 16 Border Patrol
checkpoint near Hebbronville, Texas.

While agents conducted an immigration inspection on the driver, a K-9 alerted to the vehicle.  The driver was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered two bundles of marijuana concealed within luggage located in the back seat.

The marijuana weighed 40.4 pounds with an approximate value of $32,320.  Border Patrol agents arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, and seized the bundles of marijuana. 

The case was turned over to the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office for prosecution.

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021