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Laredo West Agents Seize 1,044 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
July 28, 2012

Laredo, Texas - On July 28, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo West Station seized 1,044 pounds of marijuana while working their assigned duties. As agents were patrolling the area, they noticed a Dodge truck hauling bags of industrial lime. The vehicle came to a stop and the agents approached the driver and began engaging in casual conversation. A service canine arrived on the scene and alerted to the presence of narcotics.

The drug has an estimated street value of $835,280.

Laredo West Station agents discovered a hollowed-out compartment, in a pallet of industrial lime, containing 45 bundles of marijuana.

The driver and the truck were transported to Laredo West Station for a closer inspection of the vehicle. The agents discovered a hollowed-out compartment containing 45 bundles of a substance that tested positive as marijuana. The drug has an estimated street value of $835,280. The marijuana, subject, and truck were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The driver was subsequently released by DEA, pending an investigation.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol at toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017