LAREDO, Texas – On December 1, 2015, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville Border Patrol Station disrupted a drug smuggling attempt while working their assigned duties.
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m., when agents responded to suspicious activity along State Highway 359. Border Patrol agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop when the driver drove to a nearby ranch and absconded. With the assistance from CBP Air and Marine Operations, Border Patrol agents were able to successfully apprehend the driver. After a search of the vehicle, several bundles of narcotics were discovered.
The bundles tested positive for marijuana. A total of 82 bundles were removed from the vehicle. The contraband weighed 1,456.93 pounds and has a street value of $1,165,464.00 USD. The narcotics, and subject was turned over to DEA.
“Through intelligence driven operations and continued inter-agency cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies we will continue to safeguard our community from cross border illicit activities,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien 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.