Laredo, TX - On November 10, Laredo North agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a 2001 Blue Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by a 41- year old from Cuba at the primary inspection lane. As the driver was being questioned as to his citizenship, a service canine alerted to the tractor-trailer and was referred to secondary for further inspection.
At the secondary inspection area, BPA Agents instructed the driver to exit the vehicle in order to perform an x-ray scan of the trailer. At that moment, the driver was non-responsive to the commands given by the agents and they noticed that he was disoriented. The driver was then escorted to a controlled area away from traffic and his feet became unstable and fainted. A Laredo Sector Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) began treating the subject and after a few minutes he regained consciousness and refused further medical treatment.
After treating the subject, an x-ray scan of the trailer was conducted and several anomalies in an aftermarket compartment towards the front were noticed. A physical inspection of the trailer's false compartment yielded a total of 155 bundles encased in cellophane wrapping that tested positive for marijuana. The contraband weighed 1,936.4 pounds and has a street value of $1,549,120.00 USD.
The narcotics, vehicle and subject were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.