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This stolen pickup truck was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Deming area. The truck contained bundles of marijuana weighing 320 pounds, with an estimated street value of over a quarter-million dollars.
DEMING, N.M. - Vigilant U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Deming kept over 320 pounds of marijuana from hitting the streets Thursday despite the driver of the vehicle ramming a service vehicle in desperation.

At approximately 5 p.m. on February 26, 2013, Agents assigned to the Deming Border Patrol Station encountered a suspicious vehicle driving westbound on New Mexico State Road (NMSR) 9.

Agents requested vehicle checks on the Chevy truck and found some discrepancies. As the agent activated his emergency lights to initiate a vehicle stop, the driver of the truck made a U-turn and proceeded eastbound in an attempt to elude the agent. Agents continued their pursuit while contacting the local Sheriff's Department to inform them of the situation.

The vehicle made its way on NMSR 9 then headed south on an all-weather road near MM 65. The suspect's vehicle soon came to a stop just north of the U.S. Mexico international boundary.

As the agent positioned his vehicle behind the truck, the driver proceeded to put the truck in reverse and strike the agent's vehicle. Several individuals then proceeded to exit the truck and fled a short distance to Mexico.

Although the vehicle sustained damage, the agent emerged without injury and was able to secure the abandoned vehicle.

Inside the pickup truck, agents discovered 15 bundles of marijuana with a street value of $259,360.00. The truck used in the smuggling attempt was also reported stolen out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was turned over to the New Mexico State Police.


Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and law enforcement officials from Mexico were also notified about the incident and are assisting.

This latest seizure demonstrates the dedication and impact made on a daily basis by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol as they fight to keep drugs and criminal activity out of our communities while facing numerous dangers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.