Laredo, TX – On August 5, 2012, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo West Station seized 2,770.4 pounds of marijuana at the Laredo West Checkpoint located at Texas Highway 83. While an agent was conducting an immigration inspection of the tractor-trailer, a service canine alerted to possible hidden people or contraband. The tractor-trailer was sent to secondary for further inspection.
At secondary inspection, the agents discovered a false compartment toward the front of the trailer. Agents searched the false compartment and discovered 227 bundles of a substance that tested positive as marijuana. The drug has an estimated street value of $2,216,320. The driver, marijuana, and tractor-trailer 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 at toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.