Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Station seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $350,000 in three separate incidents.
Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, agents working an immigration checkpoint north of Eagle Pass encountered a 1996 Chevrolet flat bed work truck. The truck was referred to a secondary inspection area when a service canine indicated the possible presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle's tool bins yielded a duffle bag containing 50 small packages of marijuana. The total weight of the contraband was 115 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $92,000.
Earlier in the morning, agents had encountered a Plymouth Voyager at the same checkpoint north of Eagle Pass. Agents discovered 33 small bundles of marijuana hidden in the back passenger seats after a service canine alerted to the rear of the vehicle. The total weight of the drugs was 67 pounds and has an estimated street value of more than $53,000.
Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, agents responded to suspicious activity near the Rio Grande River south of Eagle Pass. With the assistance of a service canine, agents discovered four military style duffle bags filled with marijuana hidden in the brush. A total of 123 small packages of marijuana with a total weight of 262 pounds were seized.
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.