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Zapata Border Patrol Agents Seize 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 14, 2012

Laredo, Texas - On Dec. 13, agents assigned to the Zapata Station seized a significant amount of marijuana and arrested two subjects.

Agents working at the temporary checkpoint located approximately one mile south of Zapata on U.S. Highway 83, observed a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado exit the primary inspection lane and make a U-turn southbound at a high rate of speed.

Several bundles wrapped in black tape were visible inside the bed of the pick-up covered by a plastic mat.

U.S. Border Patrol agents at Zapata stopped a 2006 Chevy Silverado driven by a 24-year old male U.S. Citizen.

Agents on roving patrol followed the truck. As they got closer, the agents activated their emergency lights and proceeded to conduct an immigration inspection. The agent approached the vehicle and questioned the driver, identified as a 22-year old U.S. citizen male. While the agent was questioning the driver, he detected a slight odor of narcotics emanating from the vehicle. Furthermore, the agent noticed a large bundle wrapped in black tape covered with a blanket on the floor of the passenger's seat. The wrapping was consistent with that of a narcotic bundle. As the agent got a closer look at the back seat of the truck, he noticed several large bundles similarly wrapped in plain view. The driver was then placed under arrest.

A few minutes later, at the primary inspection point, a service canine alerted to a 2006 Ford F-150 that had been directly behind the 2006 Chevy Silverado just prior to the Silverado making a U-turn. The driver, identified as a 24-year old male U.S. Citizen, was instructed to proceed to secondary. While at secondary, several bundles wrapped in black tape were visible inside the bed of the pick-up covered by a plastic mat. The driver was placed under arrest.

As the agent got a closer look at the back seat of the truck, he noticed several large bundles in plain view.

When a Zapata Station Border Patrol agent was questioning a driver, he detected a slight odor of narcotics emanating from the vehicle.

Both drivers and and vehicles were transported to the Zapata Border Patrol Station for processing. At the station, it was determined, upon interviewing the subjects, that they were brothers from Roma. The substance inside the bundles tested positive for marijuana. The Chevy Silverado contained a total of 15 bundles of marijuana, with a total weight of 377.90 pounds and the Ford F150 contained 25 bundles, weighing a total of 631.30 pounds.

The total weight of the contraband combined was 1,009.2 pounds with an estimated value of

$807,360.00 USD.

DEA took custody of the subjects, vehicles and the marijuana.

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.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017