Marfa, Texas - A Midland, Texas, Border Patrol agent noticed what looked like backpacks used by marijuana smugglers in the bed of a pickup truck on Interstate 20 about 8 a.m. Wednesday. When the agent attempted to stop the truck, the driver failed to yield and left the interstate and drove into Odessa.
Ultimately, the truck blew a tire after it left the road and ran through a fence. There were seven men in the truck. They ran from the vehicle in an attempt to abscond on foot. All seven were apprehended. The driver of the vehicle was a U.S. citizen. The other six men were all citizens of Mexico and are in the country illegally.
The back of the truck held six backpacks made of blankets. The backpacks contained a total of 330 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has a street value of $264,000.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents were assisted by Homeland Security Investigation agents, the Ector County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety including a DPS helicopter.
The men, the marijuana and the truck were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
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.