Border Patrol Agents Seize $200K of Meth near Rio Grande River
DEL RIO, Texas – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station found two backpacks containing approximately 44 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested one smuggler.
“Our agents prevented this dangerous contraband from reaching our communities,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “This type of drug is highly profitable for the drug trafficking organizations and they constantly seek to bring it in our country. Thanks to the vigilance and the rapid response of our agents, this drug shipment will not jeopardize American families.”
On July 8, agents patrolling the Rio Grande River encountered two subjects with backpacks hiding near the mouth of San Felipe Creek. The two subjects fled toward Mexico, one subject was arrested. Agents recovered the backpacks, containing several packages of suspected narcotics, wrapped in cellophane and black tape.
At the Del Rio Station, agents identified the substance as methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $210,892. The drugs and the subject were turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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 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.