CBP Officers Seize $2.7M in Marijuana in Shipment of Toilets at World Trade Bridge
LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the World Trade Bridge encountered a shipment of toilets that consisted of more than commodes; they discovered more than six and a half tons of marijuana.
“As our frontline CBP officers at World Trade Bridge seek to facilitate lawful commerce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they maintain a robust enforcement posture and that vigilance and attention to detail resulted in the seizure of more than six and a half tons of marijuana hidden within the commodity,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Oct. 2 at the World Trade Bridge when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a 2015 Freightliner tractor arriving from Mexico hauling a commercial shipment of toilets. CBP officers referred the conveyance for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, which resulted in the discovery of 1,017 packages containing 13,744 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the shipment. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $2,748,404.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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.