LAREDO, Texas – On November 8, 2017, Border Patrol agents seized 17.85 pounds of cocaine in Laredo, Texas. Agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a Chevrolet Impala at the primary lane. The driver was questioned regarding her immigration status and referred to secondary after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics. A further search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of six bundles of cocaine. The cocaine was estimated to have a value of $570,240.00. The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested. The driver and cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.
The second event took place on November 10, 2017, after Border Patrol agents seized 23.34 pounds of cocaine in Laredo, Texas. Agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a Turimex Bus at the primary lane. Agents discovered eight bundles of cocaine in an abandoned suitcase after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics in the luggage compartment. The cocaine was estimated to have a value of $760,320.00. No arrests were made in this case and the cocaine was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.