Three illegal immigrants also found in vehicle

Staff report, Alice Echo-News Journal

SARITA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents discovered three subjects hidden in a truck and seized close to half a million dollars in narcotics. Both drivers were arrested.

Both incidents occurred on Tuesday. The rescue occurred when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77 encountered a white Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with furniture. While an agent determined the driver's citizenship, a CBP Border Patrol canine alerted to the bed of the truck.

The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search of the truck led to the discovery of three individuals concealed under the furniture. The three subjects, a woman and two children, were determined to be Mexican nationals illegally in the United States. The undocumented immigrants were found to be in good health and no medical attention was required and were processed for removal from the United States.

The driver, a 55-year-old resident from Houston, was arrested.

Also on Tuesday, a narcotic seizure occurred after a tractor-trailer approached the primary lane for inspection. As an agent questioned the driver as to his citizenship, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search of the trailer led to the discovery of 28 bundles of marijuana concealed within a load of onions.

The total weight of the marijuana was 577 pounds with an estimated value of $461,600. The driver, narcotics, and tractor-trailer were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.