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Midland Border Patrol Agents Seize 330 lbs of Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 29, 2012

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.

Homemade marijuana backpacks.

Homemade backpacks containing 330 pounds of marijuana seized in Odessa, Texas, by Border Patrol agents.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017