Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo port of entry seized more than six-and-a-half tons of marijuana at World Trade Bridge during the month of January. The total estimated street value for the narcotics seized is more than $13 million.
Since the beginning of 2010, CBP officers at the World Trade Bridge have been busy processing significant volumes of commercial shipments and empty commercial conveyances that enter via that commercial border crossing. CBP officers have intercepted several sizeable loads of marijuana, including two during the last two weeks.
The latest seizure was for 2,650 pounds of marijuana. The 91 bundles of narcotics were detected in a false wall of an empty trailer. The marijuana is valued at more than $2.6 million.
Another seizure of 5,415 pounds of marijuana, the largest for this month, was found just days before the last seizure. The 144 bundles of marijuana were found co-mingled within a commercial shipment of auto parts. This load of marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $5.4 million.
Factoring in these two latest seizures of marijuana, CBP officers at the World Trade Bridge have intercepted a total of more than 13,000 pounds of marijuana for the month of January 2010.
"Six-and-a-half tons of marijuana confiscated in a month is quite an accomplishment. It is a testament to the commitment of all of our CBP officers who dedicate themselves to the facilitation of legitimate cargo while protecting our country against the threat of bulk loads of narcotics at our commercial crossings," said Gene Garza, CBP port director in 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.