US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Border Patrol Seizes Approximately 264.7 lbs. of Marijuana

Release Date: 
April 16, 2019

VALENTINE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Van Horn Station seize approximately 264.7 lbs. of marijuana.

The contents within the sugar sack backpacks tested positive for marijuana.
The contents within the backpacks
tested positive for marijuana.

Patrol Agent in Charge Jose Aleman said, “As agents of the Van Horn Station, we have an unwavering commitment to protect our communities and keep narcotics out of our streets.”

On April 15 at approximately 5 a.m. Van Horn Border Patrol agents discovered foot sign in a culvert near the Marfa Prada Building, just outside of Valentine. The agents approached the culvert and encountered five individuals attempting to conceal themselves while carrying five large sugar sack backpacks. The subjects absconded once the agents approached their location leaving the sugar sack backpacks behind.

The contents within the sugar sack backpacks tested positive for marijuana. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further processing. Arrests are still pending for this seizure.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas.  The Van Horn Station area of responsibility consists of 31.1 miles of border with Mexico, and approximately 4965 square miles of terrain.

Last modified: 
April 17, 2019