Border Patrol agents make huge cocaine, marijuana busts

67 pounds of cocaine, 1,100 pounds of pot seized


SAN ANTONIO – Border Patrol agents seized 67 pounds of cocaine worth $2 million on Saturday at the Sarita Checkpoint.

According to a news release, a K-9 alerted agents to a tractor-trailer that had pulled up to the primary inspection lane. The driver was sent to the secondary inspection area, where agents found 27 bundles of cocaine in a hidden compartment.

The driver, a 46-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested.

On Friday, agents seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana near Rio Grande City.

The seizure took place when agents saw several smugglers loading bundles of marijuana into a Ford pickup truck. 

The truck was heading north but the driver abruptly turned the vehicle around and headed back to the Rio Grande River.

Agents found the abandoned truck and discovered more than 1,110 pounds of pot with an estimated street value of $890,000 inside the cab and bed.

The driver got away.