It was a busy weekend for U.S. Border Patrol agents on nearly opposite sides of the Borderland last weekend.
The first bust took place on November 20 at approximately 6 a.m., when Lordsburg Border Patrol agents were alerted by sensors of a possible illegal entry into the United States.
Agents on horse patrol as well as canine teams responded to the area and located footprints of three individuals traveling north. The agents continued to follow the footprints for nearly 10 miles, over what officials share was treacherous mountainous terrain.
“Agent’s persistence led them to discover three large burlap sacks typically used to conceal narcotics partially hidden from view within the rocky mountain side,” Border Patrol officials said. “Agents recovered and transported the burlap sacks back to the Lordsburg station for processing.”
“The agents continued to search the area for signs of the three individuals, but were unable to locate them. It is believed these individuals returned to Mexico,” officials added.
According to officials, the bundles tested positive for marijuana and had a total combined weight of 139 pounds with an estimated street value of $111,200. The marijuana was transferred over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
In a separate incident that same day, Agents assigned to the Clint Border Patrol Station found muddy footprints coming out of an irrigation canal just north of the international boundary.
The agents followed two sets of footprints nearly one mile north to another irrigation canal. The agents searched the tall brush area in the canal and located two bundles partially concealed.
“A quick search of the area revealed two individuals attempting to conceal themselves inside a large irrigation pipe about five feet
from the narcotics,” Border Patrol officials said.
“The individuals, along with the narcotics, were transported to the Clint Border Patrol Station for processing. The contents of the bundles tested positive for marijuana with a total combined weight of 89 pounds with an estimated street value of $71,200.”
Officials added that a 33-year old adult male from Mexico was turned over to the DEA for criminal prosecution, while the juvenile was turned over to Mexican Immigration for a voluntary return.