Border Patrol Stops Drug, Human Smuggling at Sarita Checkpoint

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent and K-9 security dog keep watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
AP File Photo: Eric Gay

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sarita immigration checkpoint in South Texas stopped a tractor-trailer loaded with migrants and seized nearly $2 million in cocaine in two separate incidents this week.

Sarita Checkpoint agents observed a tractor-trailer approaching for inspection on Thursday. During an initial screening, a K-9 agent alerted to the possible presence of drugs or humans being smuggled in the trailer, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials.

The agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection station and had the driver unlock the trailer. Inside, the agents found 15 illegal aliens, including an unaccompanied minor. The agents arrested the driver and provided medical assistance to the illegal aliens who had been locked in the back of the trailer.

Agents observed a Ford dually pickup truck approaching the Sarita Checkpoint that same day. A K-9 agent alerted to the possible presence of drugs or humans in the truck, officials stated.

After referring the U.S. citizen driver to a secondary inspection station, a search of the truck revealed nearly $2 million worth of cocaine.

Officials said the cocaine weighed nearly 60 pounds and has an estimated street value of $1,893,760.

The agents seized the drugs and the truck and referred the case for investigation.

The Sarita Checkpoint is located on U.S. Highway 77 between Brownsville and Corpus Christi.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.



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