Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Stop Multiple Narcotics Smuggling Attempts
LAREDO, Texas – Within hours of each other, U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented several bundles of narcotics with a street value of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from being smuggled into the country in Laredo.
The first incident occurred during the late afternoon of February 17, when agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Marine Unit observed several individuals with bundles crossing the Rio Grande River in west Laredo. The individuals abandoned the bundles on the U.S. riverbank and returned to Mexico. Agents were able to seize a total of four bundles of marijuana. The bundles weighed approximately 395.37 pounds, with an estimated street value of $315, 920.
Almost two hours later, agents assigned to Laredo North Station responded to a report of several individuals with bundles crossing the Rio Grande River near a junk yard in west Laredo. The individuals again abandoned the bundles on the U.S. riverbank and returned to Mexico. Agents were able to seize seven bundles that were later confirmed to be marijuana. Weighing approximately 550 pounds, the bundles had an estimated street value of $440,000.
Even with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector continue to secure the Nation’s borders and prevent the smuggling of drugs. They remain watchful and dedicated to their duties as they uphold the agency’s Core Values of Vigilance, Service, and Integrity.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994. You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector.
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