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Heavy equipment plows yield over a ton of marijuana

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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:00 am

Submitted by Bill Brooks MARFA, Texas – For the second time in less than a month, Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Marfa Station checkpoint seized a large load of marijuana hidden in tractor parts. The Thursday evening load turned out to be 2,395 pounds. A K-9 team alerted to a trailer carrying eight large steel plow rippers when it entered the checkpoint about 4:30 p.m. March 29. A further inspection indicated each of the implements contained sealed metal boxes full of marijuana. The value of the marijuana seized is over $1.9 million. Earlier in March, Marfa Station agents seized 1,086 pounds of marijuana hidden in a bulldozer blade. The driver of the tractor-trailer, the vehicle and its load, including the marijuana, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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