A Narcotics Smuggling Attempt is Stymied at a Local Golf Course
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station stopped narcotics from being smuggled into the country at a local golf course northwest of Laredo.
The incident occurred during the late afternoon of July 8, when agents responded to a report of possible narcotics being loaded into a black SUV at the Max A. Mandel Golf Course. Agents located the vehicle and discovered four bundles of marijuana inside. The bundles total weight was approximately 197.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $157,848.
Prior to the arrest, CBP Air & Marine Operations agents observed the driver of the SUV pose as a golfer by renting golf clubs and a golf cart. The driver continued to drive around the course trying to elude apprehension. Ultimately, the air asset was able to lead responding agents to driver’s location on the golf course and were able to take him into custody. The vehicle and narcotics were seized by U.S. Border Patrol.
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.
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.