LAREDO, Texas — Nearly $1 million in marijuana was seized from a commercial shipment of automotive parts at the World Trade Bridge last week.
The discovery and subsequent seizure occurred on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
There, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers referred a 1998 Freightliner hauling a shipment of motor vehicle parts for a secondary inspection. Utilizing a canine team and non-intrusive imaging, officers discovered 198 packages concealed within the commercial shipment.
In total, officers seized 198 packages of marijuana weighing 4,602.37 pounds which, according to CBP, has an estimated street value of $920,464.
The 32-year-old male driver, a Mexican citizen, was arrested, the trailer was seized, and the case was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have heightened their enforcement strategy when targeting these high-risk commodities, successfully disrupting the flow of narcotics from entering our country,” stated Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.