Huge Load of Marijuana Seized From Big Rig Entering U.S. Hauling Auto Parts
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the World Trade Bridge seized marijuana valued over $1 million from a big rig last weekend.
The seizure occurred on Saturday, February 13th at the World Trade Bridge.
CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling auto parts arriving from Mexico.
The 2004 Volvo tractor and trailer were referred for a K9 and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 336 packages containing 5,280 pounds of alleged marijuana discovered within the trailer.
CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,056,003.
“Officers at the World Trade Bridge have heightened their enforcement strategies when targeting these high-risk commodities, successfully disrupting the flow of illegal narcotics and preventing them from reaching our communities,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, tractor and trailer.
Officials have not yet provided any information about the truck driver.
The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.