LORDSBURG, N.M. (KTSM) -
A pursuit that lasted seven hours ended with Border Patrol Agents seizing more than 3600 pounds of marijuana and two pick-up trucks.
According to CBP, shortly after midnight Wednesday, Agents got an alert from border technology showing possible vehicle activity near the U.S. / Mexico border, west of the Antelope Wells Port of Entry. Agents discovered tire tracks crossing the border area and began tracking the vehicles. Because of the rugged terrain, additional parties, including air support, were called in to help. The trucks were found hidden in a wash and covered by tarps.
CBP says the drivers of the trucks were gone by the time Agents arrived. Using horse patrol units and canine teams, agents found and arrested three people hiding nearby.
The subjects, vehicles and contraband were transported to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station for further examination and processing. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was contacted, and special agents took custody of the three subjects pending criminal prosecution and further investigation. The marijuana will be stored in Lordsburg pending transportation to a CBP Seized Property and Evidence Facility.