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U.S. Border Patrol raid stash house linked to Los Zetas cartel used for human, drug smuggling in Laredo, Texas

April 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol raid stash house linked to Los Zetas cartel used for human, drug smuggling in Laredo, Texas

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U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector uncovered a human stash house linked to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. In an unrelated incident, the agents also seized over $3 million worth of drugs.

Local authorities in Laredo alerted U.S. Border Patrol for assistance with a human smuggling stash house they found on April 19th.

Agents arrived on scene and found 56 undocumented migrants including men, women, and children, according to the Laredo Morning Times.

Officials said the migrants arrived in the United States from Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras. Border Patrol agents transferred the 56 individuals over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials for processing on immigration crimes. Homeland Security Investigations special agents will spearhead the investigation into the stash house scheme.

“The partnerships in Laredo between Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Laredo Police Department continue to show results in disrupting criminal organizations from operating in South Texas,” Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta said in a statement. “We will work with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those responsible and prevent individuals from being subjected to deplorable conditions.”

Border agents also seized $3 million worth of drugs in a separate incident (Photo: CBP)

In two separate events, Laredo Sector agents seized over $3 million worth of meth. Both incidents took place at the Interstate 35 checkpoint between Laredo and San Antonio.

Agents noticed a Pontiac driving up to the primary inspection lane on April 19th. A K-9 agent signaled to the possibility of drugs being smuggled.

The agents referred the driver, a Mexican citizen, for a secondary inspection where a search unveiled several bottles and plastic bags filled with liquid meth.

The agents apprehended the driver and seized the car and drugs. All were turned over to agents with the U.S. DEA for investigation.

Officials revealed the meth is worth approximately $2,944,000.

One day prior, agents at the same checkpoint discovered 2.46 pounds of meth and 2.35 pounds of cocaine concealed under a seat on a Greyhound bus and strapped on one of the passengers’ backs. The drugs belonged to two U.S. citizens who agents arrested and turned over to DEA agents. Officials determined the meth is worth $81,522 and the cocaine is worth $76,614.

The amount of the drug seizures is estimated at more than $3.1 million.

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