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Over $2M Worth of Cocaine Seized by Border Patrol Agents

Release Date: 
March 12, 2013

LAREDO, TEXAS—On March 9, Laredo North agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a 2012 Nissan Altima driven by a 30-year old male from Mexico at the primary inspection lane. As the driver was being questioned as to his citizenship, a service canine alerted to the car and was referred to secondary for further inspection.


Border Patrol agents in Laredo, TX seize $2.2 million dollars worth of cocaine at checkpoint

Laredo Border Patrol agents seize more than 69 pounds of cocaine at I-35 traffic checkpoint

At the secondary inspection area, agents conducted a physical inspection of the vehicle and discovered two false compartments under the driver and passenger floor boards. After a physical inspection of the car's false compartment, yielded a total of 28 bundles encased in cellophane wrapping that tested positive for cocaine. The contraband weighed 69.4 pounds and has a street value of $2,220,800.00 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017