Border Patrol agents in the El Paso area seized more than 770 of pounds of marijuana during the New Year's Day holiday period
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U.S. Border Patrol agents in the El Paso area seized more than 770 of pounds of marijuana during the New Year's Day holiday period, officials said Wednesday.
The seizures were made in separate cases from the desert near Fabens to Southern New Mexico.
On New Year's Day, Deming station agents on all-terrain vehicles arrested two men from Mexico who were allegedly trying to smuggle 90 pounds of marijuana, Border Patrol officials said.
On Sunday, officials said agents patrolling the deserts near Fabens and in Southern New Mexico found several bundles of marijuana.
The marijuana was found hidden under rocks and plants at different locations in three incidents.
Smugglers will sometimes hide marijuana loads
to be picked up later during desert crossings.
In another case also on Sunday, agents seized 127 pounds of marijuana found in the speaker box in a vehicle at the Highway 70 checkpoint near Alamogordo.
A woman traveling with her two children in the vehicle was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The children were handed over to a relative.
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