Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station recently seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $400,000.
Early Friday morning, agents observing traffic near Carrizo Springs noticed a white Dodge pickup truck on FM 2644, traveling away from the U.S./Mexico border. As the truck passed the agents' location they could see numerous duffel bags - the type typically used for marijuana trafficking - stacked in the bed of the truck. The agents pulled over the vehicle and found a total of 13 large duffels, each one loaded with bricks of marijuana. The driver was placed under arrest and taken into custody. The smuggler, vehicle, and contraband - with an estimated street value of $492,880 - were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.