DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brackettville Station arrested an Eagle Pass woman Wednesday afternoon after finding more than 300 pounds of marijuana in the pickup truck she was driving.
"Del Rio Sector is an integral part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations," said Rodolfo Karisch, Chief Patrol Agent, Del Rio Sector.
The seizure stemmed from a traffic stop conducted by agents on Highway 277, near Quemado. Agents discovered 150 bundles of marijuana hidden among hay bales in the bed of the 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup. Agents arrested the driver, a 19-year-old Eagle Pass woman, and seized a total of 302 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $241,600.
During Fiscal Year 2013, agents throughout the Del Rio Sector have seized more than 17,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $14 million dollars.
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.