LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented nearly 700 pounds of marijuana from being smuggled into the country on two separate events.
On Jan. 31, agents assigned to the Laredo North Station responded to a report of individuals attempting to smuggle several bundles across the Rio Grande River in east Laredo. Agents seized five bundles of marijuana with an approximate weight of 365.53 pounds and a value of $292,424. A Mexican National was taken into custody pending investigation.
On Feb. 3, agents assigned to the Laredo South Station received a report of several individuals crossing the Rio Grande River near El Cenizo, Texas. Agents responded and seized four bundles of marijuana that were abandoned by the individuals.
The bundles weighed approximately 294.7 pounds with a value of over $ 235,760.
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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.