U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents recently seized
more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana that was hidden inside a load of sheet
rock on a flatbed truck, the agency announced.
The incident occurred at 3 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Border
Patrol’s Falfurrias checkpoint. The town of Falfurrias lies about 75 miles
north of the border town of McAllen, TX.
A Border Patrol agent conducted an immigration check on a
driver after his white 1999 Freightliner tractor-trailer entered the checkpoint.
A canine team also took a sniff around the rig, and one of the dogs alerted
agents to something on the trailer.
The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area for
a closer inspection of the trailer, a release from the patrol said.
When agents searched the trailer, they found 299 bundles of
marijuana weighing 12,139 pounds – a load valued at $9.7 million.
“This drug seizure illustrates the continued threat posed by
smugglers attempting to bring illegal drugs into our country,” McAllen Sector
Chief Patrol Agent Ramon Ortega said in a statement.
The driver, a U.S. citizen from Roma, TX, was arrested and
transferred, along with his rig and the drugs, to the Drug Enforcement
Administration office in Corpus Christi, TX.