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Checkpoint drug busts net $3M in smuggled coke

Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 17:48:58-05

Border Patrol Agents in South Texas seized nearly $3 million worth of cocaine in two separate checkpoint drug busts recently.


According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents discovered two bundles of cocaine while conducting a vehicle inspection at a checkpoint in Falfurrias Monday. The drugs weighed more than five pounds and are worth an estimated $178,000. Agents arrested the driver.

Agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint arrested a U.S. citizen and seized 33 bundles of cocaine hidden inside of a tractor trailer on Saturday.  Border Patrol says the drugs weighed more than 80 pounds and is worth an estimated $2.7 million.

Border Patrol says both case were referred to federal prosecutors.