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Heavy Equipment Plows Yield Over a Ton of Marijuana at Marfa Border Patrol Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 30, 2012

MARFA, TEXAS—Customs and Border Protection Big Bend U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Marfa station checkpoint recently seized a huge load of marijuana hidden within tractor parts. The marijuana weighed 2,395 pounds and was valued at $1.9 million. This seizure was the second enormous marijuana load found by Border Patrol agents, secreted within heavy construction equipment at this location in less than a month.

 

This trailer load of tractor parts contained 2,395 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were discovered by a Border Patrol K-9 team at the Highway 67 Checkpoint south of Marfa.

This trailer load of tractor parts contained 2,395 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were discovered by a Border Patrol K-9 team at the Highway 67 Checkpoint south of Marfa.

On the afternoon of March 29, a CBP U.S. Border Patrol canine team alerted to a trailer carrying eight large steel plow rippers when it entered the Marfa station checkpoint. A further inspection indicated each of the ripper implements contained sealed metal boxes full of marijuana.

Earlier in March, Marfa station agents also seized 1,086 pounds of marijuana hidden in a huge bulldozer blade.

The driver of the tractor-trailer; the vehicle; the plow rippers; and the marijuana, were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017