LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged marijuana, valued at more than $500,000 at World Trade Bridge.
“Our frontline officers continue to maintain their vigilance amid heavy holiday traffic and this seizure reflects the effective combination of officer experience and utilization of high tech tools,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “In both the cargo and passenger environments, CBP officers maintain resolute focus in advancing the border security mission while facilitating lawful trade and travel.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, Dec. 21, when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Freightliner tractor hauling a 2000 Utility trailer with a shipment of ceramic glazed tile for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system, canine, and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 1,033 packages containing 2,615 pounds of alleged marijuana. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $523,019.
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.