Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station seized 440 pounds of marijuana, valued at $350,000 Wednesday.
Around 5:30 a.m., agents attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup after it was driving suspiciously, just north of Quemado on Highway 277. As the agents initiated a vehicle stop, the pickup pulled over as if to stop, then sped away. After driving south past Quemado, the vehicle unsuccessfully negotiated a turn and ended up crashing into a tree, knocking down a couple of street signs in the process.
The driver managed to exit the vehicle and flee on foot. Agents recovered from the truck six large bundles of marijuana which 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.