[Editor’s Note: this is a press release from the Marfa Sector of our Border Patrol.]
MARFA, Texas – Agents of the Alpine and Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Stations seized 1,298 pounds of marijuana in three separate incidents Wednesday and Thursday, August 5 and 6.
Just after midnight on August 5, an eighteen-wheeler driven by an El Paso man pulled into the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on Interstate 10. A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the possible presence of concealed humans or illegal narcotics.
When agents searched the trailer they found 23 bundles of marijuana weighing 670 pounds. The street value of the drugs is $536,000. The driver and a passenger are both U.S. Citizens.
The drugs, the two men and the vehicle were turned over to the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Officer.
About 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, an Alpine agent patrolling south of the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 385 south of Marathon, saw a pickup truck pull over to the side of the road and a person jump out. The agent pulled the truck over and found five sugar sacks painted black in the back of the vehicle. The sacks contained marijuana weighing 281 pounds with a street value of $225,161.
The truck was driven by a U.S. Citizen from Midland. A passenger was also a U.S. Citizen from Midland.
Agents were able to locate the man who had jumped out of the truck. During their search they also located two other men who had been in truck. All three were from Mexico and were in the country illegally.
All five people, the truck and the marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
An agent looking for foot sign discovered some about 11 a.m. on Thursday morning that led to the arrest of five Mexicans and the seizure of 347 pounds in marijuana. The incident occurred north of the Highway 385 checkpoint south of Marathon.
Agents were able to follow the foot sign to arrest the men and with the assistance of a Border Patrol K-9 were able to locate the marijuana in sugar sacks.
All five men were in the country illegally. They, along with the marijuana, were turned over to the DEA.