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Agents seize over 200 pounds of pot near Playas, NM

LORDSBURG – Border agents seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana and arrested four suspected drug smugglers over the weekend in the Lordsburg area, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agents discovered numerous sets of footprints on Saturday morning near Playas. The footprints eventually led the agents to four burlap backpacks containing marijuana.

Air and marine agents from El Paso were called into assist the agents in Lordsburg in searching for the smugglers who abandoned the backpacks.

Four suspected drug smugglers were found and detained.

The suspects have been identified as Alejandro Chavez Lopez, 28, and Ramon Ivan Perez-Perez, 23, both of Mexico, and Alex Velasquez-Santos, 24, and Daniel Zelaya-Hernandez, 39, both of Honduras.

Agents seized a total of 200.15 pounds of marijuana. It has an estimated street value of $160,000.

The suspects and marijuana were transferred over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.


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