Narcotics Smuggling Attempt is Disrupted
LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 35 (I-35) Border Patrol checkpoint stopped an attempt to smuggle narcotics.
During the early morning of July 23, agents encountered a tractor trailer at the I-35 Border Patrol checkpoint. During the immigration inspection of the driver, a Service canine alerted to the trailer. At secondary, agents discovered a total of 12 bundles of Methamphetamine hidden inside 4 speakers within the trailer.
The 12 bundles had a total weight of 119.49 pounds with an approximate value of $3,824,000.00 . The case was turned over to Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration for investigation.
Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said, “The diligent work by our agents and their canine partners at the Interstate 35 checkpoint stopped nearly 120 pounds of dangerous drugs from reaching communities within our country and kept $3.8M in proceeds from reaching criminal organizations. Our commitment to protect our citizens extends well beyond our borders.”
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.