Filed Under:  Border Patrol, Cocaine, Marijuana, New Mexico

NM Agents Seize Over Half A Million In Drug Busts

February 29th 2012   ·   0 Comments

Border Patrol Agents working at New Mexico checkpoints Friday seized over $560,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana in two separate incidents. Two suspects were arrested in the seizures.

The first incident occurred Friday morning at the Highway 54 Border Patrol checkpoint near Alamogordo, NM. Mexican citizen Jose Angel Villanueva-Gomez, 48, was arrested after a canine initiated a positive alert, subsequently leading to the discovery of cocaine bundles. The bundles, weighing in at just over 12 pounds, were valued at approximately $394,240.

In a separate incident later that afternoon, agents working north of Las Cruces, NM at the I-25 Border Patrol checkpoint, arrested Dushane Dawson, 36, after a canine alert led to the discovery of over 200 pounds of marijuana. The load was valued at about $168,000.

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