Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs station seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $164,000, Tuesday morning.
At 6 a.m. Tuesday, agents patrolling FM 2644, also known as El Indio Highway, stopped a Ford F-150 pickup truck. After speaking to the driver and inspecting the vehicle, the agents requested the assistance of a canine unit. The canine alerted and a search of the vehicle yielded 98 packages of marijuana sealed in the roof of a camper shell.
The driver, a 24-year-old San Antonio man, was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the contraband which had a total weight of 206 pounds.
Randy Clark, patrol agent in charge of the Carrizo Springs Station commended agents on the seizure.
"Over time, we have seen smugglers go to great lengths to conceal humans and contraband," Clark noted. "As the border in our area becomes increasingly more difficult to cross, these smugglers become even more creative.
"The Border Patrol agents who made this arrest and seizure have managed to counter this creativity through effective training, experience and their dedication to duty."
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.