Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo port of entry were busy intercepting another bulk load of marijuana and 135 pounds of cocaine on Thursday in two separate cases. The two loads of narcotics are valued at more than $6 million.
The ton of marijuana was discovered inside a commercial shipment of auto parts at the World Trade Bridge. CBP officers processed a 1994 Freightliner tractor hauling a Stoughton trailer driven by a 27-year-old Mexican national from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico with a shipment of battery cases and referred it for secondary inspection.
During the secondary inspection process, CBP officers found 108 bundles containing marijuana co-mingled with the 1,496 pieces of manifested cases. The bundles contained 2,317 pounds of marijuana valued at $2.3 million. CBP officers seized the tractor and trailer and released the commercial merchandise to its broker.
The cocaine seizure occurred at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge when a commercial passenger bus arrived for processing. CBP officers referred the 1991 Eagle bus for further inspection. At secondary, CBP officers discovered 135 pounds of cocaine within the bus tires. The bus and a total of 48 packages containing cocaine valued at $4,320,000 were seized by CBP officers.
These two cases were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"In both of these cases, the officers' knowledge and their inherent skills can be attributed to the detection of yet another large load of marijuana and the significant amount of cocaine. I am very proud of the hard work that CBP officers do every day," said Gene Garza, CBP port director, Laredo.
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.