Border Patrol Agents double up on pot busts Friday

Border Patrol Agents from Southern N.M foiled two separate marijuana smuggling attempts near El Paso, and in southwestern New Mexico early Friday.

According to Border Patrol officials the first bust happened Friday morning, as agents working near Mount Cristo Rey spotted a man climbing the fence at the U.S./Mexico international border.

Using night-vision capabilities, agents were able to rapidly deploy other agents to the area. The man quickly made his way into the U.S. carrying a large backpack, when agents reacted and began closing in on him. Once he realized he was being trailed, a brief foot chase ensued.

The man dropped the backpack and tried to hide in the brush, but agents converged and located the man and the backpack he was carrying. The subject was apprehended and transported to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station for processing.

He is identified as 42-year-old Jesus De La Cruz-Chavez, from Mexico. The backpack contained 70 pounds of marijuana. Both De La Cruz and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

LOB10-23In a separate incident on Friday morning, Agents from Lordsburg made another significant marijuana seizure. This time, Agents were patrolling near N.M. Highway 9, East of Animas-New Mexico when they observed activity in the remote area.

Agents responded and found two men, along with various backpacks. They were identified as 19-year-old Francisco Curiel-Arvayo and 20- year-old Pedro Parra-Cornejo, both from Mexico.

Both men were placed under arrest, and several additional backpacks were found in the area of the apprehension. A total of 260 pounds of marijuana were inside the seven large packed bundles. DEA was also contacted, and both subjects and backpacks were released to them.

Author: US Border Patrol