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South Texas Border Patrol Agents Seize $5 Million Worth of Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 23, 2009

Laredo, Texas - Early this morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata, Texas station seized a load of marijuana weighing more than three tons.

Responding to reports of suspicious activity in the vicinity of Falcon Shore Drive, agents observed a travel trailer with cellophane-wrapped bundles visible through the windows. A Border Patrol canine team detected the possible presence of contraband in the trailer.

Agents searched the trailer and found 284 bundles. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 6,254 pounds and an estimated street value of $5 million.

Agents also apprehended one male subject who was found in a vehicle parked near the trailer.

The subject, trailer, and contraband 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 1-800-343-1994.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017