LAREDO, Texas (TBEN) US Customs and Border Protection agents have seized more than $7.5 million in marijuana hidden in a shipment of cotton candy.
It happened on Jan. 14 at the World Trade Bridge, according to a statement from Laredo Field Office officials.
“World Trade Bridge officers have maintained a robust enforcement posture and seized this significant shipment of marijuana in the cargo environment,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
A search of the trailer by a K-9 team and non-intrusive inspection systems led to the discovery of the narcotics.
CBP agents seized a total of 3,373.51 pounds of marijuana in the shipment.
Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations are investigating the seizure, officials said.
A day before the drugs were seized, on Jan. 13, Eagle Pass Port of Entry agents arrested a woman on federal immigration charges for allegedly producing a U.S. birth certificate for a child that was not hers.
And two days before the woman was arrested, on Jan. 11, CBP agents assigned to the Brownsville-Matamoros International Bridge seized more than $930,000 in undeclared currency smuggled from Texas to Mexico.
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