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Agents make $1.2 million pot bust southeast of Alpine

June 29th, 2017 under Top Stories
(photos courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol) The back of the pick-up that agents from the Big Bend Sector stopped outside of Alpine.

(photos courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol)
The back of the pick-up that agents from the Big Bend Sector stopped outside of Alpine.

ALPINE – Border Patrol agents from the Big Bend Sector last Thursday made one of the largest marijuana seizures to date this year, discovering 1,537 pounds in a 2003 Ford F-150 about 20 miles southeast of Alpine.

Agents on patrol picked up on tire tracks that traversed several remote ranches, which eventually led them to the truck. They stopped the vehicle and subsequently found the marijuana load in the truck’s back seat. One person was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the seizure.

“Drug seizures of this magnitude are not only noteworthy, but can also make an impact on smuggling practices as a whole in the west-Texas corridor,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jesse Shaw stated.

1,537 pounds of marijuana stuffed in the back of a 2003 Ford F-150.

1,537 pounds of marijuana stuffed in the back of a 2003 Ford F-150.

The marijuana, vehicle and suspected smuggler were taken to a Border Patrol Station and processed. The value of the load is estimated roughly at $1.2 million.

The investigation is being turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Alpine Office. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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