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Over 420 pounds of marijuana seized near Fort Hancock

Fort Hancock Border Patrol Station

Border patrol agents near the west Texas town of Fort Hancock just south of El Paso stopped a truck headed towards I-10 this past week and seized 428 pounds of cannabis.

Driver, 60-year-old Jose Lopez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and passenger, 52-year-old Tomas Anguiano-Vera of Mexico, were arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s office in El Paso.

According to an analysis by Center for Investigative Reporting, the U.S. Border Patrol seized over 13 million pounds of marijuana from 2005 to 2011, with 2009 being the peak point at nearly 2.7 million pounds. A report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection list the amount of cannabis seized in 2009 at 4,330,475 pounds.

In 2011, the federal agency hauled in over 1.9 million pounds of marijuana, which accounted for 99.5 percent of Border Patrol drug seizures by weight at the U.S.-Mexico border that year.

Rio Grande led in total marijuana seizures for Texas in 2013 with 797,249 pounds, followed by Laredo at 194,317 and El Paso with 66,940. Del Rio and Big Bend each roughly netted about 25,000 pounds of cannabis.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
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In all, 2,430,123 pounds of marijuana were seized in 2013 according to a U.S. Border Patrol report.

Cocaine was the next largest seizure amount at 72,000 pounds from 2005 to 2011, 17 percent of all total drug seizures. Following that was 4,700 pounds of methamphetamine and 327 and a half pounds of heroin.

The U.S. Border Patrol seized 5,100 pounds of drugs besides marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from 2005 to 2011. “Other” drugs include pills, LSD, Ecstasy, hashish and more. Of that, over 1,500 pounds were seized in Texas, the median bust being about half an ounce.

By: Stephen Carter
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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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