Agents seize 800 pounds of marijuana
By Stuart Duncan
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
CORPUS CHRISTI — Border Patrol agents recovered about 800 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $633,448 Sunday on U.S. Highway 59 near Freer, authorities said.
It was the largest of three South Texas drug busts during the weekend in which Border Patrol agents seized a total of about 1,000 pounds of marijuana.
A Border Patrol canine alerted agents at the Freer station to 792 pounds of marijuana during an inspection of a Ford pickup towing a cargo trailer, according to a news release. The truck and trailer, its occupants and the marijuana, which was hidden in the trailer's speaker cabinets, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Border Patrol agents also found 175 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $140,000, Saturday at a Zapata checkpoint and 8.2 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $30,560 at a Laredo checkpoint Sunday, according to police.