On July 4, Eagle Pass South Station agents were conducting immigration checkpoint operations on Farm to Market Road 2644 when a Ford F150 approached the checkpoint. After a short interview, agents observed two military-style duffel bags in the vehicle. The duffel bags contained 442 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $353,784.
Tuesday, July 8, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station observed eight subjects near the Rio Grande River. All of the subjects were observed carrying large military-style duffel bags on their backs. When agents approached, the subjects attempted to abscond to Mexico. After a short foot chase one of the subjects was arrested. The subsequent search of the area revealed five military-style duffel bags containing 439 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $351,840.
Also on Tuesday, Eagle Pass North agents working in the Quemado area seized 235 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $188,000. Agents detained three subjects in connection with the seizure. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
All cases were tuned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration unless otherwise stated.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. For Fiscal Year 2013, the Del Rio Sector has seized over 28,500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $22.8 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.