LAREDO – In a single enforcement action, officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) seized close to one ton of marijuana at World Trade Bridge.
On Sunday, April 28, a CBP officer sent a 2017 Freightliner tractor to the secondary examination location.
CBP stated that the tractor looked to be hauling a commercial shipment of Bentonite. However, it was added by the agency that upon further investigation using a canine and a non-intrusive imagery inspection, officers discovered 67 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the vehicle.
CBP reportedly seized the drugs, which was said to weigh 1,756 pounds with an estimated street value of $351,325.
“Our frontline CBP officers maintained their vigilance while facilitating significant volumes of trade this weekend and intercepted a significant load of marijuana,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “The seizure illustrates CBP’s continued commitment to focus on and carry out our border security mission.”
The case is currently being investigated by special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).
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