ALPINE, TX – Border Patrol agents from Big Bend Sector made one of the largest marijuana seizures to date in Fiscal Year 2017 after seizing 1,537 pounds Thursday from a 2003 Ford F-150 truck approximately
20 miles southeast of Alpine, Texas. The load was intercepted when
agents were conducting patrols near a remote ranch road outside of Alpine. Agents picked up tire-tracks that traversed through several ranch areas, eventually leading to the pick-up. A stop was made on the truck and agents found the large load of narcotics in the back seat. A subject was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the seizure.
“Drug seizures of this magnitude are not only noteworthy, but can also make an impact on smuggling practices as a whole in the west-Texas corridor,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jesse Shaw stated.
The marijuana, vehicle and suspected smuggler were taken to a Border Patrol Station and processed. The value of the load is estimated roughly at $1.2 million.
The investigation is being turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Alpine Office. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders
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.