On the afternoon of Monday, December 21st, one of the park’s West District rangers conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge pickup truck for excessive speed. The driver did not have a valid driver’s license and the vehicle was not registered. The driver was traveling with his family, which included three children. The ranger saw candelilla plants, a desirable native plant common to the park, in the passenger compartment in plain view. A subsequent consent search of the truck revealed 747 pounds of processed marijuana under a tarp in the bed of the truck. The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle impounded. Local DEA agents assisted on scene and will lead the prosecution. Investigation later revealed that the man had driven deep into the park’s remote backcountry, then crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico at a low spot in the river and picked up the load of marijuana.