Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana Tuesday.
Around 10 p.m., a canine alerted to a 2005 Pontiac Vibe at an immigration checkpoint north of Carrizo Springs. The vehicle was referred to a secondary inspection area where agents found 11 packages of marijuana hidden in the spare tire compartment. A Carrizo Springs woman was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the contraband which has an estimated street value of nearly $35,000.
During fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30, Del Rio Sector posted an all-time annual high in marijuana seizures with more than 88,000 pounds. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2011, Del Rio Sector agents have seized more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana, roughly three times the amount reported during the same time frame last year.
"This increase in marijuana seizures points up the alertness and hard work of our agents in the field," noted Dean Sinclair, acting chief patrol agent, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol. "Experience and training give us a great advantage over those seeking to bring contraband into the country."
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.