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Agents in Del Rio Sector Seize More Than One Ton of Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 15, 2011

Del Rio, Texas - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents in Del Rio Sector seized over 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $1.66 million in over a week.

Pictured is some of the one ton of marijuana seized by CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector during a one week period.

Pictured is some of the one ton of marijuana seized by CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector during a one week period.

Late in the evening, Dec. 5, Eagle Pass North agents working near Normandy found footprints leading north from the Rio Grande River. While following the tracks, agents found two large sugar sacks containing 163.2 pounds of marijuana worth $130,560. A thorough search of the area led agents to the apprehension of one subject, and the discovery of another who absconded to Mexico.

On the evening of Dec. 6, Brackettville agents observed five individuals crossing the Rio Grande River, some of whom were carrying large backpacks. As agents approached, the group dropped their cargo and attempted to abscond to Mexico. Agents apprehended two of the subjects and seized four sugar sacks containing a total of 301.5 pounds of marijuana with a value of $241,200. The subjects and narcotics were turned over to Kinney County Sherriff's Office.

Later that night, Eagle Pass North agents following footprints leading north from the Rio Grande River came across two abandoned bundles of marijuana containing more than 162 pounds. Estimated street value of the narcotics is nearly $130,000.

Dec. 7, Del Rio agents working near the Rio Grande River observed individuals, carrying large backpacks, illegally cross into the United States. After agents identified themselves, the individuals ran to an SUV behind a warehouse - out of the view of the agents. The vehicle sped away and the five subjects were able to abscond to Mexico. A thorough search of the area led agents to the discovery of two sugar sacks containing 150.17 pounds of marijuana worth $120,136.

Dec. 8, Eagle Pass North agents, following footprints leading north from the Rio Grande River, found several abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 280.1 pounds of marijuana worth over $224,000. A further search of the area yielded no further finds.

Dec. 9, around 2 p.m., Comstock agents were following foot signs of five individuals suspected of illegally crossing the Rio Grande River. Agents encountered the group, and apprehended four of the subjects. While searching for the fifth subject, agents found five sugar sacks containing more than 252 pounds of marijuana worth more than $202,200.

Later that night, Eagle Pass North agents observed six individuals illegally cross the Rio Grande River into the United States. While agents followed the footprints, they encountered one military-style duffel bag containing 58.03 pounds of marijuana. The subjects absconded into Mexico. A search of the entire area yielded no further discoveries. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $46,424.

On the night of Dec. 14, Eagle Pass South agents, working near the Rio Grande River, observed several individuals carrying large packages, illegally cross into the United States. As agents approached, the subjects dropped their cargo and absconded back into Mexico. A subsequent search of the area yielded four military-style duffel bags containing 299.68 pounds of marijuana worth $239,744.

The following morning, Uvalde agents working a traffic checkpoint referred a vehicle, with one occupant, for intensive inspection, which revealed hidden compartments within the vehicle containing 116.5 pounds of marijuana worth $93,200. A second vehicle with one occupant was also involved in the smuggling attempt. The two subjects and the narcotics were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Later that night, Del Rio agents observed five individuals walking north from the Rio Grande River carrying oversized packs. As agents approached, the subjects immediately dropped the packs and absconded. A thorough search of the area led to the discovery of 288.6 pounds of marijuana valued at $230,880,

Except where otherwise indicated, all cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017