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More than Half a Million Dollars of Marijuana Seized at Freer Checkpoint

Release Date: 
November 16, 2020

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Freer Station checkpoint foiled an attempt to smuggle marijuana into the country west of Freer, Texas.

The attempt occurred during the late evening of November 15, when a tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint.  During an immigration inspection of the driver, a service canine alerted to the vehicle.  The driver, a Mexican national, was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered several taped bundles of marijuana inside the trailer.

Bundles containing 737 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents at Freer checkpoint
Bundles containing 737 pounds of marijuana seized by
Border Patrol agents at the Freer checkpoint.

The bundles had a total weight of 737 pounds with an approximate street value of $589,604.  Investigation into the case was turned over to Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration who took custody of the narcotics and seized the tractor and trailer. 

Even with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector continue to secure the Nation’s borders and prevent the smuggling of drugs.  The Laredo Sector Border Patrol strives to develop its workforce by placing an emphasis on acquiring talented personnel who will dutifully dedicate themselves as public servants. 

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.  If you see something, please say something.  You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021