LAREDO, Texas – On February 27, 2018, Agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo, Texas encountered a black Dodge pick-up truck at the primary lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status and was referred to secondary for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of narcotics and/or humans. Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered a loaded .40 caliber firearm inside the vehicle and determined the driver had felony convictions for selling and delivering cocaine. The driver, a United States Citizen, was placed under arrest as a felon in possession of a firearm. The subject, weapon and ammunition were turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994. All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.
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.