LAREDO, TEXAS—Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 475 pounds of marijuana yesterday in two separate seizures.
On Jan. 29, agents assigned to the Zapata Station performed a routine immigration stop on a white 2000 Ford pickup truck on U.S. Highway 83 near Mesa Salinas Road. A Border Patrol canine was subsequently dispatched and performed a cursory inspection that resulted in a positive alert towards the back of the truck. After a thorough search, agents discovered 45 bundles of marijuana inside an aftermarket gas tank. The 45 bundles weighed 108.2 pounds and had an estimated street value of $86,560. Two U.S. citizen males, a 20-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested. The subjects, vehicle and marijuana were turned over to the Zapata County Sheriff's Office.
On Jan. 30, Hebbronville agents responded to activity in the area and came upon footprints consistent to that of undocumented immigrants. Agents began following the footprints and discovered a total of six abandoned bundles that tested positive for marijuana. The bundles were carried in makeshift backpacks made by the smugglers. An extensive search for the smugglers was initiated; however, no arrests were made. The bundles weighed 368 pounds and had an estimated street value of $295, 960. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.
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.