An El Paso, Texas, man faces felony drug charges after investigators said they confiscated more than 1,700 pounds of suspected marijuana today from a horse trailer he was hauling outside Clovis.
Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Region V Drug Task Force investigators discovered 26 bales of suspected marijuana in a hidden compartment of the trailer.
Waller said the estimated street value was $2.5 million.
John Travis Hair, 31, was in Curry County jail in lieu of $15,000 cash only bond, charged with distribution of marijuana over 100 pounds.
Waller said Hair was stopped by New Mexico Livestock Board inspectors headed north on U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. When he couldn't produce proof he owned the horses he was hauling, Waller said the inspectors called sheriff's deputies, who discovered the hidden compartment.
Waller said Region V investigators were called to the scene shortly after 10:30 a.m. and a Clovis Police Department drug-sniffing dog alerted on the presence of narcotics.
Waller said after obtaining a search warrant, investigators found the suspected marijuana bales stuffed in a 40-inch wide opening that was expanded from what should have been a 2-inch wide void between two walls of the fifth-wheel trailer.
The suspected drugs will be sent to the state lab for testing.