Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize Over 500 Pounds of Marijuana
LAREDO, Texas – On April 20, 2018, Border Patrol agents seized 294 pounds of marijuana at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo, Texas. Agents encountered a Dodge Ram truck at the primary inspection lane and referred the driver to secondary after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 22 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana was estimated to have a value of $235,277.52. The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested. The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The second event took place later that same day when Border Patrol Agents seized 218 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity near Riverside Drive in Laredo, Texas. Agents discovered an abandoned Kia mini-van with three bundles of marijuana inside. The marijuana had an estimated value of $174,400.00. 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.
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.