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A Narcotics Smuggling Attempt is Stymied at a Local Golf Course

Release Date: 
July 9, 2020

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.

 

-CBP-

Last modified: 
July 9, 2020