While facilitating lawful trade and travel this weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized nearly a ton of marijuana in a single enforcement action at World Trade Bridge.
“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 seizure occurred on Sunday, April 28 at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2017 Freightliner tractor hauling a commercial shipment of Bentonite for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered 67 packages containing a total of 1,756 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the conveyance. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $351,325.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.