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Border Patrol Seizes Over $4 Million in Narcotics

Release Date: 
August 28, 2020

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo North Station (LRN) seized more than $4 million worth of marijuana in northwest Laredo. 

The incident happened on the evening of August 27, when LRN agents were patrolling in the northwest part of the city near the Rio Grande riverbanks.  Agents discovered several bundles of marijuana scattered in a grassy area near a warehouse property.  A thorough search of the immediate area resulted in more bundles stacked around and inside a box trailer. 

Packages containing 5,350 pounds of marijuana seized by Laredo Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents
Packages containing 5,350 pounds of marijuana seized
by Laredo Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents.

A total of 245 bundles containing marijuana were seized.  The bundles had an approximate weight of 5,350.39 pounds with an estimated street value of $4,280,312.  The narcotics were subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration pending investigation.  The trailer with narcotics in its cargo area was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. 

Even with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, narcotics smugglers continue their brazen attempts to bring drugs into our country.  U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector will continue to be vigilant in securing the Nation’s borders and preventing the smuggling of drugs.  The Laredo Sector urges the public to help us be vigilant.  If you see something, please say something.  Laredo Sector is made up of agents who strive to meet the Enduring Mission Priorities of the agency to counter terrorism, combat transnational crime, secure the border, and facilitate lawful trade and travel while protecting revenue.

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.  You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021