Border Patrol Seizes Large Amounts of Marijuana

MARFA - Border Patrol agents have seized over 1,700 pounds of marijuana in two seperate seizures late last week.

About 2:30 Friday morning, a Border Patrol agent traveling back to Alpine noticed vehicle lights on a ranch road 13 miles west of Marathon.  After a brief search, agents pulled over a vehicle on Highway 90 that contained 1,581 pounds of marijuana. The 2004 Ford F-350 pickup was driven by a U.S. Citizen from Sunray in the Texas panhandle.

The marijuana has a street value of $1,265,336.

On Thursday morning, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter from the Alpine Air and Marine Branch found four men trying to hide in a field about four miles northeast of Marathon. Border Patrol agents arrested the four, all citizens of Mexico. A search of the area where the four were hiding resulted in the discovery of three sugar sacks filled with marijuana. The agents were assisted in the search by a Border Patrol K-9 team. The sacks contained 133 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $107,000.

The smugglers, the drugs and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in both cases.