MARFA, TEXAS—On March 6, Marfa Border Patrol Agents operating the United States Border Patrol Checkpoint on US Highway 67 arrested three United States Citizens, seized two vehicles and 1086.5 lbs of marijuana worth over $869,000.
A 1 ton dodge flatbed pickup loaded with a D-8 bulldozer blade approached the primary inspection area, where the driver and sole occupant declared his United States citizenship.
After a brief interview at primary, agents sent the truck to the secondary inspection area due to a Border Patrol canine alert to the bed of the truck and the driver's suspicious story for the purpose of his travel. While in secondary, the driver consented to a non-intrusive, free air sniff of the vehicle by the Border Patrol canine. The canine alerted to the font left corner of the bulldozer blade that was strapped to the bed of the truck. Upon closer inspection of the bulldozer blade it was determined that it contained a green leafy substance that tested positive for the characteristics of marijuana. The subject was immediately placed under arrest.
Agents would later determine that the bulldozer blade contained 236 bundles of marijuana.
During the secondary inspection process a second vehicle containing two subjects approached the primary inspection lane. The two male subjects declared their United States citizenship. Due to the vehicle being from the same area as the driver of the loaded truck, the vehicle was referred to the secondary inspection area.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents determined that all three subjects were involved in the failed smuggling attempt. HSI took custody of the three United States Citizens, the two vehicles and the marijuana.
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.