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Big Bend Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $1 Million in Drugs at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
April 5, 2017

Truck carrying narcotics in Sierra Blanca.
Truck carrying narcotics in Sierra Blanca.

SIERRA BLANCA, TX –U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the I-10 Sierra Blanca Immigration Checkpoint east of El Paso made a significant drug seizure on Monday, and arrested one subject attempting to smuggle narcotics in a tractor-trailer.

As agents conducted an immigration inspection on the driver from California, a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the presence of contraband or concealed humans inside the vehicle. After further investigation by agents, the search revealed six bricks of narcotics inside a duffle bag, in the cab of the truck.The bricks contained 7.5 pounds of heroin and 8.5 pounds of cocaine, with a total street value of $862,960. Agents also found personal use marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the cab of the truck.

The male driver, the narcotics and tractor-trailer were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in El Paso, Texas for further investigation.

Last modified: 
April 6, 2017