Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize 22 Bundles of Drugs at the Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35
LAREDO, Texas – On June 4, 2018, Border Patrol Agents working assigned duties at the checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana. After a service canine alerted to the possible presence of narcotics, the search of an SUV and a flatbed trailer revealed the contraband. All 22 packages of drugs were hidden under the wood floorboards of the trailer.
The male, U.S. citizen driver, of the vehicle was arrested at the scene without incident. Subsequent records checks revealed that the subject had an active arrest warrant for possession of heroin. The driver, narcotics, vehicle, and trailer were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for appropriate action. The estimated value of the illegal drugs is estimated to be nearly half a million dollars - $414,128.00. This seizure shows the important role that Border Patrol checkpoints play in the protection of America.
“Seizures such as this one are crucial to the safety of the United States. The Border Patrol is committed to keeping these dangerous drugs out of our communities, schools, and homes. The tireless work of our agents attests to our great mission of keeping America safe,” said Division Chief Greg Burwell.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien 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.