DEL RIO, TEXAS—On two separate events, Border Patrol agents seized over half a million dollars worth of marijuana.
Monday, Carrizo Springs agents patrolling in an area ranch observed foot sign near Highway 277 and discovered five abandoned military-style duffel bags containing over 220 pounds of marijuana. The narcotics have an approximate street value of $176,800.
Tuesday, Eagle Pass North agents patrolling near the Rio Grande River observed several subjects loading large duffel bags into a 1998 Ford pickup truck. As agents approached the vehicle, it fled the area in an attempt to avoid apprehension but was stopped nearby. Agents discovered five military-style duffel bags and arrested the driver. The duffel bags containing more than 400 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $333,360.
Both cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.