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US Border Patrol stops marijuana smuggling attempts

Wednesday night, agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint referred a truck to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol dog alerted them to the trailer.

The inspection revealed over 173 pounds of marijuana commingled with produce. The narcotics has an estimated value of $139,000. The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the subject, narcotics and tractor-trailer.

Then Thursday, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents working near Roma, Texas, observed a dark sports utility vehicle leaving a well-known smuggling location at high speed. As agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the driver stopped and attempted to escape.

Agents located the man after a brief search of the area with the assistance of a K-9 team. A search of the vehicle revealed nearly 137 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $110,000. The Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force took custody of the narcotics, driver and vehicle.



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