Border Patrol Agents Find Abandoned Marijuana in Soccer Ball near the Rio Grande River
EAGLE PASS, Texas – Border Patrol agents assigned to Eagle Pass Station found a backpack containing 1.98 pounds of marijuana inside a soccer ball near the Rio Grande, Nov. 14.
“Smugglers use a wide array of concealment methods,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “In this case, the contraband was hidden inside a toy that could have potentially caused a tragedy if a child had encountered it. Thankfully, our agents vigilance and rapid response prevented any harm from reaching our community.”
An agent assigned to the Eagle Pass Station, while conducting linewatch operations, heard a loud noise coming from outside a service vehicle. After a search of the area, agents discovered a backpack containing a soccer ball that appeared to have been tampered with. Upon inspection, the soccer ball was found to contain 1.98 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $962.73. The contraband was turned over to Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages Federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.