LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents interdicted three narcotic smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of over 568 pounds of marijuana in Laredo, Texas.
The first event took place on March 20, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 288 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity in Laredo, Texas. Agents encountered six subjects carrying four bundles and after agents approached the subjects, they immediately dropped the bundles and absconded back to Mexico. The marijuana had an estimated value of $230,400.00. No arrests were made in this case. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The second event took place on March 22, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 145.42 pounds of marijuana at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo, Texas. Agents encountered a black Dodge Challenger 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 further search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of six bundles of marijuana. The marijuana was estimated to have a value of $116,336.00. The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested. The driver and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.
The third event occurred on March 22, 2018, when Border Patrol agents seized 134.81 pounds of marijuana after responding to suspicious activity near Zapata, Texas. Agents were able to recover six bundles of marijuana. The marijuana had an estimated value of $107,848.00. 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.