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Marijuana seizures down in Big Bend area while coke busts are up


Marijuana has continued its four year decline in the Big Bend area of Texas while cocaine busts are on the rise.

Border Patrol agents located in the sector seized 29,714 pounds of marijuana in 2014, compared with 34,888 pounds in 2013, 50,793 pounds in 2012, and 55,742 pounds in 2011.

Cocaine seizures, however, increased to 27 pounds (12.2 kilos) – a street value of around $221,915 using average prices – compared to 2013’s haul of 10 pounds (4.5 kilos), which would haul in around $81,540, bringing a street-value increase of $140,375.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
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The amount, however, pales in comparison to the 2011 high of 263 pounds of coke (119 kilos) seized in sector.

“U.S. Border Patrol and other CBP enforcement elements operations continue to confront ever-changing smuggling methodologies, which can at times result in shifting geographical avenues of egress,” wrote CBP spokesperson Douglas Mosier in an email. “Regardless of the changing trends, CBP remains vigilant and strongly committed to protect the southwest border against those who want to circumvent laws relating to smuggling practices in the United States.”

The total for the El Paso Field Office, which includes the El Paso and Big Bend sectors are 186,630 pounds of marijuana, 817 pounds of cocaine (370 kilos), 86 pounds of heroin, 250 pounds of methamphetamine, and 14,835 illegal entry apprehensions.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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