Big Bend Sector Agents Seize more than $1.5 Million in Drugs
PRESIDIO, TX – Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Presidio, Texas Station seized 1,892 pounds of marijuana Tuesday, and apprehended a U.S. and Mexican Citizen in two separate cases.
Agents working near Presidio on Farm Road 170 arrested a Legal Permanent Resident from Mexico attempting to smuggle 1,678 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. The contraband was concealed in a white utility trailer being pulled by SUV. The estimated street value of the load is approximately $1.3 million.
A few hours later, agents stopped a dark Cadillac and arrested a male United States Citizen attempting to smuggle 215 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of that load of contraband is $171,680.
The two men, the marijuana and vehicles were turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office in Presidio, TX for further investigation and prosecution.
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