ALPINE, Texas — Border Patrol agents from the Alpine, Texas Station confiscated over 530 pounds of marijuana during a vehicle stop about a mile south of the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 385 on Sunday.
The seizure took place around 9 a.m. on Feb. 4, when agents from the Alpine Station observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Highway 385, south of the checkpoint. Two agents conducted a welfare check on the vehicle and engaged with the driver, identified as a Cuban national. Upon inspection, agents discovered suspicious-looking bundles concealed under a blanket in the back of the vehicle. A Border Patrol canine detected the presence of narcotics, and subsequent testing confirmed the bundles contained marijuana.
The driver was taken into custody for possession of marijuana, an illegal controlled substance under Federal Law. A total of 19 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 530.29 pounds were seized, with an estimated street value of around $424,232.00.
Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar commended the vigilance of the Border Patrol agents in Alpine, Texas, stating, “The vigilance of our Border Patrol agents in Alpine, Texas led to a significant seizure of illegal Marijuana. Our agents, as part of their border security mission, interdict illegal narcotics being transported across the border intended for the interior of the country. The work that they do to disrupt Transnational Criminal Organization’s drug smuggling operations is vital to protecting our citizens from these illegal substances.”
The case, along with the confiscated narcotics, has been transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation and prosecution.