LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this past weekend seized more than one ton of marijuana hidden in a shipment of mango and blackberry pulp during a routine commercial shipment inspection at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.
“CBP officers continually rely on the tools that they have at their disposal to examine the thousands of commercial conveyances that cross through Laredo’s largest inland port. In this case the use of our document analysis unit and officer skill paid off very well with this ton of marijuana that won’t make it into the U.S.,” said Jose R. Uribe, CBP Acting Port Director, Laredo.
The seizure occurred on Friday, April 25, when CBP officers working at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge referred a 2013 International Prostar ISX tractor hauling a manifested shipment of mango pulp and blackberry pulp for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 834 packages containing a total of 2,688 pounds of alleged marijuana comingled with the commodity. The estimated street value for the marijuana is $1.3 million. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor trailer.
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.