NEW MEXICO—El Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents working in New Mexico seized more than 492.2 pounds of narcotics valued at $393,760 over the past three days.
On April 10, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Lordsburg, N.M., watched two persons with infrared technology as they walked in the desert near Road Forks. The agents proceeded to the area and found seven abandoned burlap backpacks full of contraband. A further search of the packs produced a total of 14 bundles and one brick containing a green leafy substance later identified as marijuana. No arrests were made in conjunction with this seizure. The total weight of the marijuana bundles was 313.9 pounds with an estimated street value of $251,120. The drugs were subsequently transported to the Lordsburg, N.M., Border Patrol station for disposition.
Additionally, at midnight on April 6, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Las Cruces, N.M., working at the I-185 checkpoint encountered a 1998 Dodge truck as it approached the inspection lane. After initial interview of the driver and passenger, a non-intrusive canine sniff produced a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. A more in-depth search of the vehicle revealed 160 bundles hidden in an aftermarket compartment within the vehicle. The total weight of the marijuana bundles was 178.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $142,640. The marijuana, the driver and vehicle were turned over to DEA in Las Cruces, N.M.
The U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector has seized more than 50,000 pounds of marijuana so far this fiscal year through March. These seizures are a testimony to the commitment by U. S. Border Patrol agents to keep our borders and communities safe and free of narcotics and criminal activity and to maintain an alliance to combat transnational threats while working closely with other law enforcement agencies throughout the community.
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.