Laredo, Texas - On October 10, Laredo North agents assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a 2008 Blue Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by a 55-year-old U.S. Citizen from Waco, Texas, at the primary inspection lane. A canine alerted to the tractor-trailer which was subsequently referred to secondary inspection during which an x-ray scan of the vehicle showed anomalies in an aftermarket compartment.
Agents performed a physical inspection of the false compartment and discovered several bundles encased in cellophane wrapping that tested positive for marijuana. The contraband weighed 3,015.92 pounds and has a street value of $2,412,736.
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.