LORDSBURG, New Mexico – Alertness by Border Patrol Agents in the boot-heel of New Mexico paid off after they arrested two drug smugglers attempting to bring more than $194,000 in marijuana into the U.S.
Early Tuesday morning, Lordsburg Station agents were alerted to possible activity north of the border in the desert. Using night vision technology, agents spotted a group of subjects attempting to conceal themselves underneath a tree. As agents responded to the area, the group attempted escape under the cover of darkness and rugged terrain. After a search, agents caught up to two subjects with two burlap backpacks. Agents later located three additional burlap backpacks hidden in the nearby brush. The two subjects and backpacks were transported to the Lordsburg Border Patrol station for further processing. The search continues today for four other members of the group.
Once at the station, the contents inside the contraband inside the backpacks tested positive for marijuana. Two subjects from Mexico, aged 44 and 19, are currently in custody. The marijuana totaled 243 pounds, valued at $194,800. The contraband and the subjects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration pending prosecution.
This incident demonstrates how Border Patrol Agents remain committed in combating the furtherance of illicit drugs and contraband into our communities, while utilizing valuable technology assets in the performance of their duties.
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.