On Highway 70, west of the region, officers intercepted a Mercedes SUV with 20 pounds of marijuana in glass jars and three pipe bombs. (Puente Libre)
Authorities found three pipe bombs, 20 pounds of marijuana and firearms in a vehicle Sunday coming into the United States on Sunday.
The Alamogordo Daily News reported:
The U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint was closed on Highway 70 west of Alamogordo after agents found two pipe bombs, 20 pounds of marijuana and firearms in a vehicle Sunday evening, a spokesman said.
“Once the agents started looking through the vehicle, they saw what appeared to be a pipe bomb,” Border Patrol agent Ramiro Cordero said. “For the safety of the motoring public and agents, they shut down the checkpoint and called all the agencies that deal with explosive type devices.”
Cordero said Lloyd Jonathan Fry, 29, a U.S. citizen and his passenger, Rona Ma Rey Milan Antipatia, 29, of the Philippines, were referred to a secondary inspection area after a K-9 unit alerted to Lloyd’s 2000 Mercedes-Benz SUV towing a trailer around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
He said agents searched the Mercedes and trailer and discovered 20 pounds of marijuana in mason jars along with equipment consistent with growing marijuana, a loaded .40-caliber handgun, an AK-47 rifle, various high-capacity loaded magazines and three pipe bombs.
Cordero said New Mexico State Police partially closed down the highway until the Dona Ana County Explosive Ordinance Team safely detonated the explosives.