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$7.5 million worth of marijuana seized from truck’s shipment of cotton candy


Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently seized thousands of pounds of marijuana from a truck at a Texas border crossing.

The drug seizure took place on Saturday, January 14, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

A CBP officer referred a 2004 Freightliner tractor trailer manifesting a commercial shipment of cotton candy for secondary inspection. 

After a canine unit and non-intrusive imaging system were utilized, officers discovered 3,373.51 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the shipment.

CBP says that the estimated street value of the marijuana is $7,546,946.

CBP seized the marijuana.

The case was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“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.”


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