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Investigators seize car possibly linked to fatal Border Patrol attack

J.R. Oppenheim and Marian Camacho
December 06, 2017 06:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal court has issued a search and seizure warrant on a vehicle that could be linked to an attack that left one U.S. Border Patrol agent dead and another seriously injured. That car was found in Portales.

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Investigators found Agent Rogelio Martinez with a fatal head injury on Nov. 18. Agent Steven Garland also had injuries to his head.

An application for a search warrant states investigators sought brothers who could be connected to the attack. That led them to Portales where they interviewed one of the brothers.

In that interview, agents learned that the brother was picked up in a 2004 silver Pontiac Grand Am in the area of Presidio, Texas, one day after the agent's death.

Court documents show agents interviewed a woman who was also in the car at the time the brother was picked up. She told investigators she overheard one brother discussing the movement of drugs across the border, the documents state.

One brother also admitted to being in the United States illegally, according to the documents.

The Grand Am is currently at an Albuquerque crime lab to be tested.

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J.R. Oppenheim and Marian Camacho

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