Officers from the Office of Field Operations (OFO) of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), assigned to the World Trade Bridge in the city of Laredo, seized more than two tons this week marijuana in a single police operation.
“Our CBP officers continue to closely monitor our cargo environment and have had great success this week with the seizure of more than two tons marijuana said Albert Flores, director of the Laredo Port of Entry. “We haven’t seen this much lately.” marijuana compared to more powerful narcotics, but this highlights the ever-changing nature of the drug threat our officers face on a daily basis.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, September 14, at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2023 Freightliner tractor-trailer truck containing household items for secondary inspection. After a thorough investigation, which included the use of a non-contact inspection system, they discovered 177 packages allegedly weighing a total of 4,466 pounds marijuana in the trailer. The narcotics had a street value of $9,904,204.
CBP seized the narcotics. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are investigating the seizure.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, unifying customs, immigration, border security, and conservation agriculture at and between official ports of entry.