LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station stopped a narcotics smuggling attempt and seized several bundles of marijuana in west Laredo.
The incident occurred during the evening of January 12, when agents responded to several subjects who were loading large bundles of suspected narcotics into a white SUV near Riverside Drive in the west side of town. When the agents arrived on scene, the individuals absconded and were seen wading across the Rio Grande River to Mexico.
Six bundles were seized that had an approximate weight of 609.5 Lb. with an estimated value of $487,664. The contraband was subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak commented, “The diligence of our agents, coupled with technology, resulted in the seizure of this drug load before it was able to move into our city and to areas beyond the border.”
Even with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector continue to secure the Nation’s borders and prevent the smuggling of drugs. Their mission is to target and investigate potential violators of the law by utilizing state-of-the-art intelligence data, equipment, collection, and analytics.
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.
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