$2.2 million of marijuana found in separate cases

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents discovered a trapped individual in a trunk and seized more than $2.2 million worth of marijuana in separate incidents over the weekend.

A CBP Border Patrol canine on Saturday alerted to the trunk of a vehicle, when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint encountered a blue Mercury Cougar. The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search of the trunk led to the discovery of a man concealed under blankets and luggage. Agents determined the man, from Mexico, was in the United States illegally.

No medical attention was required and the subject was processed for removal from the United States. The driver and a passenger of the vehicle were arrested.

Also on Saturday, a Border Patrol canine alerted to a Ford F-350 towing a trailer with a construction roller and two crates at the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint. The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search of the crates led to the discovery of 120 bundles of marijuana concealed within the wooden boxes. The total weight of the marijuana was 1,211 pounds with an estimated value of $968,800.

On Sunday another seizure occurred at the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint when 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 68 bundles of marijuana concealed within a load of watermelons. The total weight of the marijuana was 1,542 pounds with an estimated value of $1,233,600.

The driver, narcotics, and tractor-trailer were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.