Lordsburg, N.M. - U.S. Border Patrol agents in Lordsburg seized nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana Thursday in three separate events.
Lordsburg Horse Patrol agents conducting line watch operations Thursday morning discovered footprints in a remote location just south of Animas, N.M. The agents followed the footprints north and were able to quickly close the gap between themselves and the narcotic smugglers. The Horse Patrol, along with other agents, apprehended six undocumented aliens that had entered the country illegally and were attempting to conceal themselves in the heavy brush. The individuals were carrying five bundles of marijuana weighing 228 pounds with an estimated street value of $182,400.00.
Earlier in the day, the Lordsburg station seized a total of 757 pounds of marijuana resulting from two separate events. The bundles of marijuana were backpacked into the United States from Mexico by individuals that entered the United States illegally. Agents used traditional methods, such as tracking, to follow the foot sign left behind by the smugglers in the rugged southern New Mexico terrain.
The total estimated street value of the marijuana seized by the Lordsburg Station on Thursday was $787,800.
These latest seizures demonstrate the dedication and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents and their commitment to keeping drugs and criminal activity out of our communities in the ongoing effort to secure our nation's 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.