2,574 lbs of marijuana hidden in load of cotton seed

2,574 lbs of marijuana hidden in load of cotton seed

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville, Texas station uncovered more than a ton of marijuana hidden within a truckload of cotton seed Monday night.

A tractor-trailer drove into the checkpoint located near Hebbronville and as agents conducted an immigration inspection on the driver, a Border Patrol canine alerted toward the trailer, indicating the presence of hidden contraband or people.

The trailer was an open-top model carrying a bulk load of cotton seed. Agents dug through the seed and discovered 118 bundles of marijuana. The bundles had a total weight of 2,574.8 pounds and an approximate value of $2,059,840.

The driver, truck and drugs were turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

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


Source: US Customs/Border Patrol

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