$7.5 million in marijuana seized from cotton candy shipment at Texas-Mexico border

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Your Wednesday morning headlines, January 18, 2022


Your Wednesday morning headlines, January 18, 2022

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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.

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Bundles containing 3,373 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP agents at World Trade Bridge.

US Customs and Border Protection


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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