LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at World Trade Bridge discovered $504,491 in alleged marijuana in a commercial shipment of corrugated cardboard.
“This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,” said (A) Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and the technology they utilized on a daily basis played a key role in the discovery.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, July 28, when a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of corrugated cardboard for a non-intrusive inspection. A canine and non-intrusive inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 115 packages allegedly containing 2,522 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the shipment. The marijuana carries an estimated street value of $504,491.
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.