U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge have seized marijuana that totaled over $7,500,000 in street value.
The massive marijuana haul was hidden inside a shipment of cotton candy.
According to a press release from CBP, “the seizure occurred on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the World Trade Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer manifesting a commercial shipment of cotton candy for secondary inspection.”
The truck was subjected to a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, which led to CBP officers discovering a total of 3,373.51 pounds of marijuana hidden inside dozens of blue packages wrapped in plastic.
On Saturday, Laredo CBP officers examined a tractor-trailer manifesting a commercial shipment of cotton candy and discovered 3,373lbs of marijuana concealed inside with an estimated street value of $7.5M.
— CBP (@CBP) January 19, 2023
“World Trade Bridge officers have maintained a robust enforcement posture and seized this significant marijuana load in the cargo environment,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP remains committed to advancing CBP’s priority border security mission while effectively facilitating lawful trade and travel.”
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are investigating the seized marijuana.
CBP agents and officers seized more than 17,000lbs of marijuana nationwide during the first two months of FY23.
— CBP (@CBP) January 3, 2023
In January, CBP announced that their agents and officers had seized more than 17,000 pounds of marijuana nationwide during the first two months of FY23.