LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol Agents from the Zapata Station seized over $1 million dollars of marijuana during two events in Zapata, Texas.
On April 23, 2018, Border Patrol Agents seized 143.4 pounds of marijuana after conducting a vehicle stop on a white Ford F-150 on Highway 83 near Zapata, Texas. A search of the vehicle revealed seven bundles of marijuana inside the toolbox. The marijuana had an estimated value of $114,720.00. The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested. The driver and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.
On April 25, 2018, Border Patrol Agents seized over 1,100 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity near the Falcon Lake area in Zapata, Texas. Agents discovered 50 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the brush and observed several subjects absconding into Mexico. The marijuana had an estimated value of $903,895.27.00. No arrests were made in this case. The marijuana 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.