The two were caught shortly after 10 individuals reportedly jumped from a GMC Yukon after the vehicle was stopped east of the city on the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass.
The vehicle was stopped shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The officers who stopped the vehicle found 611 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle in 11 bundles just inside the rear door in the cargo area.
Highway Patrol troopers later turned the two that were apprehended over to the U.S. Border Patrol to be returned to Mexico.
Aliseda said he immediately contacted agents with the U.S. Department of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and asked that they be returned to Bee County to face charges.
The prosecutor said the two suspects had to know the vehicle was transporting marijuana.
“They were sitting on top of the bundles,” Aliseda said.
The district attorney did not say what charges he would file against the suspects, but he said he was assured that ICE agents still had the pair in custody.
“It’s my hope to get them back from ICE,” Aliseda said.
Authorities at the Bee County Sheriff’s Office were contacted Tuesday morning and said the two suspects had not yet been returned.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.