Runners fail in smuggling $5M drug stash

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 2:17pm

LORDSBURG, NM — U.S. Border Patrol Agents said they seized nearly 7,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested four men who tried to cross into the U.S. from Mexico in stolen vehicles late Saturday.'

Agents saw several vehicles with no headlights driving north from the border area. The vehicles made their way toward Animas and attempted to evade agents. Agents responded to the area and deployed controlled tire deflation devices to slow the speed of the trucks. Four of the vehicles were disabled while the fifth vehicle managed to turn around and make its way back into Mexico. The subjects in the vehicles fled, but U.S. Border Patrol agents tracked and apprehended four of the suspected smugglers.

A search of the heavily-laden trucks led to the discovery of 6,940 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $5.5 million. Vehicle registration checks revealed that at least two of the vehicles had been reported stolen.

The subjects, identified as Antonio Alvarez Toscano, Ricardo Garcia Delgado, Jesus Alonso Escalante Delgado and Jose Domingo Jasso Topete, are all Mexican citizens and still in custody.

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