Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Face Dangerous Evasive Tactics by Smugglers
LAREDO, Texas – On May 1, 2018, Border Patrol agents seized 281 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity in south Laredo, Texas. Agents attempted to perform a vehicle stop on a black Chevrolet Suburban, which failed to yield. To avoid arrest, the occupants of the vehicle began throwing hand made rebar spikes at the Agents. A Border Patrol vehicle was struck and sustained damage from the rebar spike. Agents were able to locate the vehicle near the 4000 block of Amanda Lane. Border Patrol Agents recovered four bundles of marijuana and arrested three subjects. The marijuana had an estimated value of $225,040.00. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. The three subjects were turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On May 3, 2018, Border Patrol agents arrested two United Sates Citizens attempting to smuggle four illegal aliens in south Laredo, Texas. Agents attempted to perform a vehicle stop on a gray Chevrolet Suburban which failed to yield and struck a Border Patrol vehicle. The Suburban continued into a nearby neighborhood striking a parked vehicle and a fence at the intersection of Ireland and Texas Streets. The driver, passenger and four subjects absconded from the scene and were immediately apprehended. A Border Patrol Agent was transported to the hospital for treatment as a result of the Suburban striking the Border Patrol vehicle. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating this case.
“These events illustrate the dangers the men and women of the United States Border Patrol face every day in securing our border. Criminal organizations have no regard for human life and pose a threat to law enforcement and the community,” said Laredo Sector Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Scott Good.
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.