Packages containing 4,602 pounds of marijuana seized by federal authorities at World Trade Bridge. Photo: U.S. Customs and Protection

Laredo, TX–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the World Trade Bridge intercepted a shipment containing narcotics with an estimated street value of $920,464.

“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,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred May 7 at the World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1998 Freightliner trailer hauling a shipment of motor vehicle parts for a secondary examination. The trailer was driven by a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 198 packages containing 4,602.37 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the shipment.

CBP seized the narcotics and trailer. The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.