LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented an attempt to smuggle methamphetamine at the checkpoint located near Hebbronville, Texas.
The incident happened late on the evening of July 15, when a vehicle with two individuals approached the primary inspection area at the checkpoint on Farm-to-Market Road 1017.
Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area and a search of the vehicle revealed 41 bundles. Field tests revealed the bundles contained methamphetamine.
The drugs weighed approximately 31.6 kilograms (69.67 pounds) with an approximate value of $2,227,200. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested the driver and passenger, both Mexican Citizens, and seized the vehicle utilized in the smuggling attempt. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.
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