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.
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.
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.