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U.S. and Mexican authorities intercept $8M in drugs during joint operation at the Texas Border

May 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. and Mexican authorities intercept $8M in drugs during joint operation at the Texas Border Photo: CBP

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Laredo Sector border patrol officials collaborated with members of the Mexican Government to bust and seize $8 million in drugs smuggled through a port of entry early this month.

According to a U.S> Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release, Mexican officials started tracking a presumed load of marijuana in Nuevo Laredo. The traffickers intended to transport the drugs through the Port of Entry in Laredo.

Authorities revealed that the smugglers attempted to smuggle a “large load” of marijuana in a tractor-trailer through the port. Border Patrol agents working at the Foreign Operations Branch worked with the Mexican government and military. The Mexican military located the tractor-trailer at the Laredo Port of Entry and moved in to seize the load and the tractor-trailer.

Officials said inside the trailer, members of the Mexican military recovered 423 bundles (10,083.94) pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated street value of $8 million.

“This seizure demonstrates the exceptional level of binational cooperation that Border Patrol has with the Government of Mexico. We intend to continue this level of cooperation between governments to locate and prevent the smuggling of illicit contraband,” Acting Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens announced in a statement.

The Laredo Sector launched the Foreign Operations Branch at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017, with the purpose of establishing a streamlined structure for teaming up with Mexican officials. The branch developed out of the successes of the International Liaison Unit. The new office joined the International Liaison Unit, Consular Affairs Team, Bi-National Enforcement, and Bi-National Prosecutions groups.

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