Marfa, Texas - Two Mexican citizens must have taken a wrong turn somewhere Thursday because they ended up in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration after they drove their marijuana-laden pickup into a Border Patrol Checkpoint. The two were apprehended at Alpine Station's Highway 385 Checkpoint, south of Marathon, Texas.
At about 2:20 p.m. on April 27, the two men driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup pulled into the checkpoint and were subjected to an immigration inspection. In the meantime, a Border Patrol K-9 team was alerted to the possibility of drugs.
The two men were transferred to secondary where they underwent a more thorough inspection. Agents found 38 metal boxes, which contained a total of 1,592 pounds of marijuana.
Along with the men, DEA took possession of the marijuana and the vehicle.
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.