U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of marijuana in a commercial shipment of furniture at World Trade Bridge.
“Our front line officers’ determination and vigilance this week yielded yet another significant narcotics seizure,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “The combination of officer experience and use of state of the art technology is an effective means of intercepting contraband, as this seizure clearly illustrates.”
The seizure occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 6, when a federal officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a commercial shipment of furniture for a secondary inspection.
The World Trade International Bridge, located in the cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, is one of four international bridges that connect the United States and Mexico over the Rio Grande (Río Bravo).
A non-intrusive imaging system and physical inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 216 packages allegedly containing 2,704 pounds of alleged marijuana commingled within the shipment.
The marijuana has an estimated street value of $540,744.
CBP officers seized the narcotics. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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