Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

LAREDO – A significant amount of illegal drugs en route to the United States black market, were seized inside a commercial truck on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Laredo checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35.

Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector Border Patrol thwarted an attempt to smuggle the drugs.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint encountered a Kenworth tractor towing a cargo tank at the primary inspection lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status, when a service canine alerted to possible narcotics, or humans concealed within the vehicle.

The driver was subsequently referred by agents to secondary for further inspection of the vehicle.

While at secondary, the agents performed an X-ray scan of the trailer, using the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS), where several anomalies were discovered within the cargo tank area.

A total of 216 bundles were removed from the tank with a total weight of 5,734.3 pounds and a street value of $4,578,440. The bundles tested positive for marijuana. The driver, narcotics and subject were turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration.

“I commend our Border Patrol agents for their continued dedication, vigilance and hard work they perform daily to protect our borders,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez. 

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.

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.