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Border Patrol agents seize half-ton of marijuana at Marfa checkpoint

July 6th, 2017 under Top Stories
Flatbed truck with marijuana

Flatbed truck with marijuana

MARFA – Border Patrol agents from Big Bend Sector seized 1,085 pounds of marijuana last Thursday at the U.S. 67 immigration checkpoint south of Marfa, according to an agency news release.

A Chevy Silverado with a flatbed entered the checkpoint for inspection at about 1pm. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the flatbed area as an agent was conducting an immigration inspection of the driver. After agents looked inside the tank on the flatbed, they discovered packages of marijuana.

The driver of the vehicle was a United States citizen from Kermit. The street value of the marijuana is more than $850,000.

“This is yet another example of the threat that drug smugglers present to our neighborhoods, but our agents will continue around-the-clock to prevent that from happening,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jesse Shaw stated. “Their dedication is key to our nation’s security,” he added.

The man, the truck and the marijuana were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

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