Tuesday, August 14, 2012

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize More Than 4,112 Pounds of Marijuana

Cases occur in Laredo North, West and Hebbronville Stations

Laredo, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents seized more than 4,112 pounds of marijuana in five cases that occurred over the weekend.

Agents assigned to the Laredo North station are credited with making the larger of the seizures. The case occurred as agents were working at the Interstate Highway 35 checkpoint. Agents performed an immigration inspection on the driver of a tractor-trailer; a Border Patrol canine team detected the possible presence of hidden contraband or people.

Agents searched the trailer and found 74 bundles. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 2,116 pounds and an estimated street value of $1,693,280.

Agents patrolling the Hebbronville area seized 747 pounds combined in two separate cases. Both seizures had an estimated street value of $597,600.00

The last two seizures occurred as agents from the Laredo West Station were patrolling the North West area of town, where they were able to seize 100 bundles combined. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 1,249 pounds and an estimated street value of $1,000,480.

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 (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.

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