Del Rio, Texas - Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station made two drug seizures totaling more than 2,800 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $2,278,240.
Around 10:45 p.m., agents working a checkpoint on Highway 57 encountered an 18-wheeler with a tanker trailer. The vehicle was referred to a secondary inspection area when a service canine alerted to the presence of contraband. Agents opened the top hatch of the tanker and discovered 60 large bundles of marijuana. The bundles contained 1,199 small-bricks weighing 2,477 pounds, with an estimated street value of nearly $2 million dollars.
An hour later, agents working on a ranch south of Eagle Pass discovered six bundles of marijuana abandoned in the brush. The total weight of the seizure was more than 371 pounds with an estimated value of $296,000.
The marijuana from both cases was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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.