Border Patrol agents in Fort Hancock, Texas made the El Paso Sector’s largest marijuana seizure of the year after a motorist lost control of his vehicle and flipped his trailer on FM Road 192, spilling over 3,000 pounds of marijuana Tuesday, announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials today. According to officials the incident occurred at about 1:40 p.m. when a Border Patrol agent observed the vehicle pulling a utility trailer traveling northbound from the levee just north of the U.S./Mexico boundary.
The vehicle was next seen traveling west on I-10 near McNary.
Agents became suspicious and began following the truck when it made a u-turn across the median and drove east on I-10, said the announcement.
The driver made an abrupt right turn onto FM 192 that caused the utility trailer to flip onto its side. Agents approached the vehicle and noticed several cellophane wrapped bundles.
The driver, an 18-year old U.S. Citizen, was unhurt in the accident and was placed under arrest pending further investigation, said officials.
A total of 3,006 pounds of contraband tested positive for marijuana. The value of the drug haul is estimated at $2.4 million.