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U.S. Border Patrol Agents in South Texas Seize Nearly 20 Pounds of Cocaine

Release Date: 
October 23, 2012

Laredo, Texas - On October 22, Laredo South Border Patrol agents assigned to transportation checks at a local bus station arrested two U.S. Citizen male subjects and seized 19.9 lbs. of cocaine.

As the agents were conducting immigration inspections of passengers boarding a bus, the agents noticed two subjects that appeared to have irregular objects underneath their clothing.

During the frisk, the agents felt what appeared to be bundles and tape strapped to subjects legs.

For officer safety, the agents asked and received consent from the two subjects to frisk for weapons. During the frisk, the agents felt what appeared to be bundles and tape strapped to the subjects legs.

After further investigation the agents determined that the subjects were concealing narcotics.

At the Laredo South Border Patrol Station, agents discovered a total of four bundles containing a white powdery substance which tested positive for cocaine. The contraband weighed 19.9 pounds with a street value of $636,800.

"Drug Smugglers utilize and exploit different methods of transportation. Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents remain vigilant and committed to protecting the American public," said John C. Esquivel, acting chief patrol agent of Laredo Sector.

The narcotics and subjects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017