LAREDO, Texas – On February 6, 2018, Border Patrol agents arrested six subjects involved in a bank robbery in Laredo, Texas. Border Patrol agents were placed on high alert after receiving information from the Laredo Police Department of a robbery in progress in Laredo, Texas. Less than an hour later, Agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 59 encountered a black Toyota Camry at the primary inspection lane. The driver and four passengers were referred to secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle and matching the description of a lookout from the Laredo Police Department.
A further search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of $88,220.00 in currency located inside the trunk. The driver and four passengers, all United States Citizens, were arrested. A sixth person was also arrested at the Border Patrol Checkpoint in connection with the bank robbery. The subjects, currency and two vehicles were turned over to the Laredo Police Department.
“The results of this case exemplify the outstanding cooperation between law enforcement partners in South Texas. I am very proud of the dedicated work by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and the Laredo Police Department who keep our community safe,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol.
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.
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.