Agents bust truck from Mexico with $8 million in cocaine, weed

| 8/5/2008

Federal agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border recently busted two drug-smuggling loads coming into the United States.

On July 22, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Laredo, TX, at the Interstate 35 checkpoint were alerted by a border patrol canine that a tractor- trailer might contain hidden contraband or people. A secondary inspection using gamma rays showed “an anomaly” in the trailer’s cargo, and agents found several duffel bags with 70 cellophane-wrapped bundles totaling 240 pounds of cocaine.

The cocaine had an estimated value of $7.7 million, and the drugs, driver and truck and trailer were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In the second incident, Customs and Border Patrol agents found duffel bags with cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana. In all, the agents found 1,587 pounds of pot with an estimated street value of $636,900.

“These cases are the result of the agents’ deft application of resources, technology and experience to detect and stop illegal activity that threatens our nation,” said Laredo Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Carlos X. Carrillo.

A Customs and Border Patrol spokesman told Land Line that he couldn’t specify either truck’s DOT number, and said arrest reports aren’t public documents until the conclusion of the law enforcement agency’s investigation.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer