LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents interdicted three narcotic smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of over 1,600 pounds of marijuana in Laredo, Texas.
The first event took place on February 28, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 216.5 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity near Highway 83 in Laredo, Texas. Agents were able to recover three bundles of marijuana inside a Pontiac G6 sedan after the occupants bailed out of the vehicle and absconded back to Mexico. The marijuana had an estimated value of $173,200.00. No arrests were made in this case. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.
The second event took place later that night on February 28, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 1,153.23 pounds of marijuana in Laredo, Texas. Agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a red tractor pulling a silver tanker trailer at the primary lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status and was referred to secondary for further inspection. A further search of the tanker resulted in the seizure of 50 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana was estimated to have a value of $920,656.00. The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested. The driver, marijuana and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The third event occurred on March 3, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 297.8 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity near Anna Avenue in Laredo, Texas. Agents were able to recover four bundles of marijuana inside a Ford Escape after the driver bailed out and absconded from the scene. The marijuana had an estimated value of $238,240.00. 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.