LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry over the holiday weekend seized narcotics-laden charcoal that was never meant for a grill.
“Narcotics can be hidden in a seemingly endless variety of ways and our frontline CBP officers have seen it all,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Their experience, skill and effective use of tools and resources resulted in a unique find of more than $560,000 in marijuana hidden within charcoal.”
The seizure occurred on Nov. 27 at World Trade Bridge when CBP officers referred a 1998 Freightliner hauling a commercial shipment of charcoal for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers discovered bricks within the charcoal containing a total of 2,804 pounds of alleged marijuana. The estimated street value for the narcotics is $560,674.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and referred the case to Homeland Security Investigations 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.