U.S. Customs and Border Protection Press Release
Sierra Blanca and Marfa, Texas – On Thursday, Big Bend Sector Border Patrol K9 Teams working at the Sierra Blanca and Marfa checkpoints found two deeply concealed marijuana loads.
In Marfa, a Mexican Citizen with a valid visitor's visa was arrested for possession of 18 lbs. of marijuana at the checkpoint five miles south of town on Hwy 67. A Border Patrol K9 alerted agents to the marijuana which was concealed inside the engine block of a small SUV. The engine had been modified to conceal the drugs. The man, vehicle and drugs were turned over to the Presidio County Sheriff's Office for prosecution. His visa will be canceled by Border Patrol.
In Sierra Blanca, a U.S. Citizen from Fabens, Texas was arrested for possession of 63 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was concealed in the back seat of the pickup truck the man was driving. After the primary inspection agent had referred the truck for further inspection a Border Patrol K9 sniffed out the concealed marijuana. The man, truck and marijuana were turned over to the DEA.
The United States Border Patrol K9 program produces some of the best detection dogs in the nation. K9 teams train constantly to stay one step ahead of the smugglers who continue to try new methods to elude detection by agents, officers and K9's at our borders and checkpoints.