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Border Patrol Agents Seize $8.3 Million Worth of Cocaine in Laredo

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November 14, 2008
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Laredo, Texas - Border Patrol agents from the Laredo North station disrupted an attempt to smuggle cocaine this morning.

Agents patrolling in Laredo became suspicious of a small white Chevrolet cargo van and attempted to stop the vehicle by activating the emergency lights on their marked patrol vehicle. The driver of the van did not stop.

The agents followed the van at a safe distance but stopped following it when the van entered a school zone.

A few minutes later the agents saw the van parked near an empty lot at the intersection of Garza and San Bernardo streets. Agents checked the van and saw no one inside or in the area immediately around the vehicle. Inside the van they found five cellophane-wrapped bundles.

The bundles contained cocaine with a total weight of 259.2 pounds and an estimated street value of $8.3 million.

The cocaine and the van were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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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