August 18, 2008

Texas Border Patrol Agents Seize Abandoned $2.3 Million in Dope

(Monday, August 18, 2008)

Laredo, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Zapata station seized more than $2 million worth of marijuana Sunday.

While responding to reports of suspicious activity on a ranch near Lopeno, Texas, Border Patrol agents discovered a flatbed trailer hidden in the brush. A Border Patrol service canine alerted toward the trailer, suggesting the presence of hidden people or contraband.

The agents removed the trailer’s floorboards and found 181 cellophane-wrapped bundles containing marijuana. The marijuana bundles had a total weight of 2,890 pounds and an approximate street value of $2.3 million.

The trailer and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Contacts For This News Release
Laredo Sector
Public Affairs Office
Phone: (956) 764-3041 Ext: 3243

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