LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at World Trade Bridge discovered over $1 million in alleged marijuana in a commercial shipment of polyethylene.
“This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates how the officers’ training, utilization of technology and CBP canines led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”
The seizure occurred at World Trade Bridge on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of polyethylene for a non-intrusive inspection. A canine and non-intrusive inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 424 packages allegedly containing 5,423 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the shipment. The marijuana carries an estimated street value of $1,084,663.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. CBP officers turned the case 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.