LAREDO, Texas — More than 7,000 pounds of marijuana was seized in a commercial shipment of synthetic plastic at the Texas-Mexico border last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced.
On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, a 2019 Freightliner truck-tractor was hauling a commercial shipment of synthetic rubber as it attempted to enter the United States at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. The Freightliner was referred for a secondary inspection where, following a canine and non-intrusive imaging inspection, Customs and Border Protection agents discovered 768 packages containing a total of 7,272 pounds of marijuana hidden within the commercial load.
CBP officials estimate the marijuana has a street value of $1.4 million.
“The seizure reinforces the seriousness of the drug threat our officers face every day and our ongoing commitment to border security,” stated Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.