MCALLEN, Texas — A traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle led U.S. Border Patrol agents to two duffel bags filled with 135 pounds of cocaine, with a reported value of $4.3 million.
The case started when some agents near the border city of Weslaco spotted a Chevrolet S-10 with three men inside drive around some farms dropping off and burning bags with foliage, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.
The agents then saw the vehicle drive south towards the river and then shortly after drive back with only one person inside. The agents pulled over the vehicle and spoke with Domingo Escobedo, who became nervous around the agents.
When they asked him if he had anything in the vehicle, Escobedo said he had marijuana, however when the agents opened the duffel bags, they found 55 cocaine bricks that weighed 135 pounds and had a reported value of $4.3 million.
Escobedo told the agents that he thought he was smuggling marijuana and was going to be paid $2,000. Just after his arrest, Escobedo went before U.S Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby, who ordered Escobedo to be held without bond pending a detention hearing later this week.