LAREDO, TEXAS – Amid the festivities celebrating George Washington’s birthday in Laredo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at World Trade Bridge seized a significant amount of alleged marijuana valued at more than $316,000 hidden within a commercial shipment of clay tile.
“While the Laredo community celebrated Washington’s birthday this weekend, our frontline CBP officers reaffirmed their commitment to securing our nation’s borders by seizing a significant load of marijuana,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure exemplifies the effective combination of officer experience and technology.”
The seizure occurred on Friday, Feb. 16, when a CBP officer referred a 2014 International tractor hauling a commercial shipment of clay tile for a non-intrusive inspection. A non-intrusive imaging system scan and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 112 packages allegedly containing 1,578 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the shipment. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $316,227.
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 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.