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Border Patrol agents seize two tons of marijuana at the Laredo, Texas border crossing

January 27, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Border Patrol agents seize two tons of marijuana at the Laredo, Texas border crossing U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized nearly 2 tons of marijuana.

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U.S. Customs recently confiscated two tons of marijuana and in back to back seizures at World Trade Bridge at the Laredo, Texas border crossing.

Officers discovered the larger of the two seizures back on Jan. 13 during a secondary inspection of a shipment of aluminum scrap.

CBP officers found 95 packages stashed with compressed scrap aluminum containing a total of 2,211 pounds of alleged marijuana with an estimated street value of $442,155.

Border agents using a non-intrusive imaging system made the second discovery by of 1,462 pounds of weed in 62 bundles hidden in a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of wooden studs during a secondary inspection, worth an estimated street value of $299,208.

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CBP officers seized the drug shipments, both truck drivers were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

“Our CBP officers working in cargo face a daunting task to find contraband hidden in the thousands of trucks that traverse our port each day,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, of the Laredo Port of Entry.

“Their keen ability to apply their experience, employ a multi-layered inspectional approach and to utilize our technology effectively resulted in back-to-back seizures on Wednesday of nearly two tons of marijuana.”

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