Marfa, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from Marfa Sector seized 3,106 pounds of marijuana in one load Feb. 17. Three U.S. citizens were arrested and three vehicles were seized as well.
Agents from the Marfa station were alerted to three suspicious vehicles traveling north on Highway 67 from Presidio about 12:20 p.m. An agent drove south from Marfa to try and intercept the vehicles. The agent encountered a pickup truck that was part of the group. He followed the truck for a time before it turned off the highway onto a ranch road heading west.
The agent stopped the vehicle and a Border Patrol K-9 team assisted. The K-9 alerted to the possible presence of contraband which led agents to discover that the bed of the truck was loaded with bundles of marijuana as was the back seat and the passenger seat of the truck. The driver of the truck is from Fort Stockton.
Agents also arrested two other men in two separate vehicles that were associated with the pickup. One is from Presidio and the other is from Odessa.
The marijuana has a street value of approximately $2,486,800.
The three men, the marijuana and the vehicles were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.