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1,344 packages containing 12,738 pounds of marijuana were seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge. The packages were concealed in a commercial shipment of mattresses attempting to enter the United States from Mexico on Monday, June 15, 2020. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

LAREDO, Texas — Over $2.5 million in marijuana was discovered concealed in a commercial shipment of mattresses at a Texas-Mexico border crossing on Monday, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

On Monday, June 15, 2020, CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge's cargo facility in Laredo, Texas, referred a commercial shipment of mattresses, arriving from Mexico, for a secondary inspection.

A non-intrusive imaging and canine inspection of the 2013 Freightliner revealed 1,344 packages containing 12,738 pounds of marijuana concealed within the shipment's commodity.

The seizure, according to CBP, was estimated to have a street value of $2,547,635.

“The ever-growing volume of cargo traffic processed at the port has made it a target for drug trafficking organizations, who are boldly attempting to smuggle illegal contraband through commercial consignments,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.

CBP 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.

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