LORDSBURG, New Mexico – Tracking at night is not meant for everyone, but Border Patrol Agents make it an art-form. Agents were faced with that challenge south of Lordsburg and were able to foil yet another drug smuggling effort thanks to those highly developed skills.
On November 6th, agents using night-vision technology watched seven people walked in the desert with large backpacks, after illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico International Boundary. As agents closed in on the group, three subjects were quickly apprehended, and relinquished control of the backpacks. Four other subjects discarded their backpacks and quickly made their way back to Mexico.
The backpacks appeared to contain marijuana bundles. Agents seized the contraband and took it to the Lordsburg Station for further inspection. The marijuana inside totaled 245 pounds, estimated at $196,000. The Drug Enforcement Administration was contacted and took custody of the three subjects and the marijuana.
These types of incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond to remote areas is combating the furtherance of illicit drugs and keeping our communities safe.
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.