Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry on Monday seized more than two tons of alleged marijuana hidden in a commercial truck.
The seizure occurred on April 16, 2011 during an examination conducted at the World Trade Bridge import lot. A CBP officer referred a 1995 Volvo tractor hauling a commercial shipment of auto parts for a secondary examination. CBP officers performed an intensive examination and discovered 189 bundles commingled with the shipment containing a total of 4,161 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The marijuana has an estimated street value of $4.1 million. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor trailer.
"This is a significant load of narcotics discovered in the cargo environment and it reflects the excellent targeting and inspectional work of our frontline officers," said Sidney Aki, CBP Port Director, Laredo. "Seizures like this one reaffirm CBP's commitment to our border security mission while facilitating lawful commerce."
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.