Laredo, TX - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Horse Patrol Unit seized approximately 259 pounds of marijuana.
On Sept. 22, agents on the Horse Patrol Unit, along with agents from the Hebbronville Station, were tracking a group of suspected immigrants eight miles southwest of Hebbronville. While tracking the group, mounted agents discovered five duffel bags that contained bundles of marijuana. Agents secured the duffel bags and continued to search the area for the suspects, but none were found.
The duffle bags were transported to the Hebbronville Station. The marijuana had a total weight of 259 pounds and an estimated street value of $207,920. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Recently, the Laredo Sector Horse Patrol unit acquired five new horses. The Horse Patrol is used in areas that are not well suited for trucks or all-terrain vehicles, and is yet another tool to be used by Laredo Sector agents to secure the nation's border between the ports of entry.
To report suspicious activity such as drug or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll-free at (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.