El Paso, Texas - El Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico and Texas arrested three drug smugglers and seized 301 pounds of marijuana valued at $241,200 in two separate seizures Wednesday.
In the early morning hours, agents assigned to the Border Patrol Horse Patrol Unit in Fabens, Texas, put their tracking skills to work by successfully apprehending two drug smugglers carrying 113.5 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $90,800.
The two subjects were apprehended and transported to the Fabens Border Patrol Station for processing. These individuals are currently being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility pending criminal prosecution.
In a separate incident, while conducting operations at the U.S. Highway 54 checkpoint, agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Alamogordo Station in New Mexico arrested a U.S. citizen after a working canine alerted to a horse trailer towed by a pick-up truck. Further investigation revealed a hidden compartment carrying 188 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value $150,400.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested and is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Facility pending criminal prosecution.
Marijuana seizures to date in FY 2012 are down 10 percent from the same period in FY 2011. These latest seizures demonstrate the diligence and professionalism of agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol in far west Texas and New Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.