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CBP U. S. Border Patrol Agents Seize Over $1M Worth of Marijuana Concealed in Coax Cable

Release Date: 
October 30, 2012

Laredo, TX - On October 29, agents assigned to the Zapata Station seized a significant amount of marijuana and arrested one subject.

CBP U. S. Border Patrol agents near San Ygnacio, Texas seized marijuana valued at over $1M concealed in coax cable.

CBP U. S. Border Patrol agents near San Ygnacio, Texas seized marijuana valued at over $1M concealed in coax cable.

Agents working roving patrol duties in the Zapata County area noticed a suspicious white 2001 Ford F-250 truck pulling a 16 foot trailer loaded with 12 spools of coax cable near San Ygnacio, Texas. The agents approached the trailer and noticed that it was swaying from the northbound lane to the shoulder and back. As they drove even closer, the driver appeared surprised when he saw the marked Border Patrol Unit and tapped on his brakes, jerking his steering wheel towards the shoulder of the road. Agents also noticed the tail gate of the truck had F-150 model decals and the side panels had F-250 decals. Border Patrol agents then conducted a vehicle stop on the truck in order to conduct an immigration inspection. Due to several discrepancies in this situation, a service canine was dispatched to perform a cursory inspection of the vehicle which resulted in an alert.

CBP U. S. Border Patrol agents seized 287 bundles of marijuana concealed in coax cable valued at over $1M.

CBP U. S. Border Patrol agents seized 287 bundles of marijuana concealed in coax cable valued at over $1M.

The driver, identified as a 30-year old male U.S. Citizen from Laredo, Texas, was transported to the Zapata station for further questioning. The agents conducted an intensive inspection of the truck and trailer with the use of the x-ray which revealed anomalies within the spools of coax cables that were on the trailer. The substance inside the spools tested positive for marijuana.

A total of 287 bundles of marijuana were extracted, with a total weight of 1,380.5 pounds, with an estimated value of $1,104,400.00 USD.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the subject, and the marijuana.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017