Marfa, Texas - Agents of Marfa Sector's Sierra Blanca Station seized over $5 million in cocaine on Saturday, March 19, at the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint on Interstate 10. The drugs were found in the sleeper of an 18-wheeler after a K-9 team alerted during a routine immigration inspection.
The vehicle was being driven by a 50-year old man from Mississippi. Also in the vehicle was a 28-year old man from Georgia.
The cocaine was discovered hidden in duffel bags and wrapped in aluminum foil. There was over 160 pounds with a street value of nearly $5.1 million.
In addition to the cocaine, there were over 44 pounds of marijuana and 25 pounds of promethazine cough syrup with codeine. The marijuana is valued at over $35,000 and the cough syrup is worth nearly $720.
In addition to the drugs, agents seized $156,974 in U.S. currency along with a pistol and ammunition.
The two men, the drugs, the cash and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The pistol was turned over to Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents.
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