LAREDO, Texas – On August 5, 2017, Border Patrol agents seized 1,582.9 pounds of marijuana in Laredo, Texas. Agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a white tractor pulling a white trailer at the primary lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status and consented to further inspection. A non-intrusive inspection of the trailer revealed anomalies. A further search of the trailer resulted in the seizure of 65 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana was estimated to have a value of $1,266,320. The driver, a Mexican Citizen, was arrested. The driver, vehicle and marijuana were 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.
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