MARFA, TX – Border Patrol agents from Big Bend Sector seized 1,085 pounds of marijuana Thursday at the Highway 67 Immigration Checkpoint, south of Marfa.
A Chevy Silverado with a flatbed entered the checkpoint for inspection at approximately 1:00 p.m. A U.S.Border Patrol canine alerted to the flatbed area as an agent was conducting an immigration inspection of the driver. After agents looked inside the tank, they discovered packages of marijuana.
The driver of the vehicle is a United States citizen from Kermit, Texas. The street value of the marijuana is more than $850,000.
“This is yet another example of the threat that drug smugglers present to our neighborhoods, but our agents will continue around-the-clock to prevent that from happening,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jesse Shaw stated. “Their dedication is key to our nation’s security,” he added.
The man, the truck and the marijuana were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
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.