Creative Way To Smuggle Weed

It is no surprise the cartels are working to find new and inventive ways to smuggle drugs across our border, but this one even surprised me. Here’s the report from Customs and Border Patrol Agents in Laredo who, thanks to some good old fashion police work, found $600,000 worth of marijuana encased in concrete highway barriers. I’ve also included some pictures.

CBP Officers Crack Open Cemented Marijuana

at Laredo Commercial Cargo Facility


Laredo, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the World Trade Bridge commercial cargo lot at the Laredo, Texas Laredo port of entry seized almost 600 pounds of marijuana late Monday afternoon. The drugs were concealed inside a shipment of cement barricades or what are commonly known as jersey barriers or K-rails.


The Monday seizure was made just after 5 p.m. when a 1995 Freightliner tractor hauling a 1995 flatbed trailer entered the compound from Mexico. A manifest for an empty trailer was presented by the driver who also presented an informal entry for 19 pieces of stone articles. A CBP officer referred the tractor-flatbed trailer to the cargo x-ray unit for a scan of the merchandise and the conveyance. Another CBP officer determined that there were anomalies within the manifested cement barricades on the flatbed trailer. CBP officers conducted a physical and closer visual inspection of the barricades that revealed metal containers within the cement barricades. Once opened, the metal containers had tape-wrapped bundles that were probed and a green-leafy substance was extracted. The substance field-tested positive for marijuana. A total of 571 bundles were removed from the uniquely concealed metal containers within the barricades. The marijuana weighed 599 pounds and has a street value of almost $600K. Although there were no arrests in this case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents are pursuing leads and the investigation continues. The trailer and the marijuana were seized by CBP officers.


“Once again CBP’s innovative technology and our officers’ tenacity make for a highly significant interception of what is an obvious painstakingly unique concealment of the contraband,” said Gene Garza, CBP Port Director, Laredo. “Thwarting this smuggling attempt speaks volumes for our officers’ vigilance.”


 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.





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