LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents interdicted three narcotic smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of over 2,400 pounds of marijuana in Laredo, Texas.
The first event took place on March 9, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 386.3 pounds of marijuana after observing a suspicious vehicle on Highway 83 south of Laredo, Texas. Agents attempted a vehicle stop on a gray Ford F-150 pick-up truck, which failed to yield resulting in two occupants absconding from the vehicle. Border Patrol agents discovered several bundles of marijuana in the bed of the truck. The marijuana had an estimated value of $309,040.00. 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 afternoon, when Border Patrol agents seized 1,728.2 pounds of marijuana near Hebbronville, Texas. Agents encountered a white Dodge Ram utility truck on Farm to Market Road 1017 and discovered multiple bundles of marijuana inside the truck and compartments. The marijuana was estimated to have a value of $1,382,563. 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 11, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 370.7 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity near Riverside Drive in Laredo, Texas. Agents were able to recover five bundles of marijuana from the brush. The marijuana had an estimated value of $300,560. 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.