Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station seized 249 pounds of marijuana, valued at nearly $200,000 Thursday.
Around 9 a.m., agents attempted to stop a Volkswagen Beetle that was traveling on FM 2644 near El Indio. As the agents activated their emergency lights, the Volkswagen veered off the highway and bolted through a ranch fence. The Volkswagen traveled 200 yards before stopping, whereupon the occupants bailed out of the vehicle and fled into the brush. Agents found the vehicle loaded with bundles, which later tested positive for marijuana.
For several hours agents tracked foot sign leading away from the vehicle and were able to apprehend the two individuals who had fled the scene. Thirty-eight bundles of marijuana were seized. The smugglers, both Mexican nationals, and contraband were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.