DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than nine tons of marijuana in a two-hour period Saturday. The seizures, involving two 18-wheelers traveling near Catarina, mark the largest single-day marijuana total in the history of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector.
Agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Border Patrol Station seized a total of 18,665 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $14,932,256, from the two vehicles.
Around 8:20 a.m. Saturday, an agent, patrolling on FM 2688, stopped a 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer rig loaded with large metal tanks. After a CBP drug detector canine alerted agents to the possible presence of contraband, agents conducted an intensive search of the trailer. Agents seized a total of 580 bundles of marijuana, totaling 11,973 pounds, and arrested the driver, a 48-year-old man from San Diego, Texas.
About two hours later, an agent patrolling in the same area stopped a 1994 Mack tractor-trailer rig. The flatbed trailer was loaded with pallets containing sacks of industrial lime. A CBP canine alerted to the trailer, prompting agents to search the pallets. Agents discovered the stacks of lime bags were hollowed out to conceal plywood compartments. Agents recovered 460 bundles of marijuana, totaling 6,692 pounds, and arrested the driver, a 50-year-old man from Quinlan, Texas.
"Not only is this the most marijuana seized in a single day in sector history," noted Acting Chief Patrol Agent Dean Sinclair, Del Rio Sector, "the 11,973-pound load is the largest seizure on record for Del Rio Sector."
The suspects, both U.S. citizens, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the marijuana and vehicles.
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.