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$80k brick of cocaine, fentanyl wrapped as Christmas gift seized by Sierra Blanca border agents

Narcotics seized at Sierra Blanca checkpoint.
Narcotics seized at Sierra Blanca checkpoint.

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – A vacuum-sealed white powdery brick of cocaine and fentanyl, wrapped in gift-wrapping paper as a Christmas gift, was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents from a car at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on Interstate 10.

Authorities announced the drug seizure on Wednesday, saying three U.S. citizens were arrested by agents and charged with narcotics smuggling.

The brick of cocaine laced with fentanyl was valued at over $80,000, officials said, adding it was discovered after a search dog smelled the odor of illegal drugs.

In addition, authorities said they also found a bag of marijuana valued at $2,000 during their search of the vehicle.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. These idiots must have never in their lives turned on the news. Who would be stupid enough to come through a world famous checkpoint where nothing gets through? Morons.

  2. Yeah, everything you said is correct, but why would you intentionally give one away going thru that check point? Cartels know about that checkpoint and why would they just give up a shipment?

    1. There are 4 Border Patrol check points out of the El Paso area. I10 at Sierra Blanca, US54 before Alamogordo, I25 after Las Cruces and 62/180 East of El Paso.

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