CLINT, Texas – Five suspected smugglers and more than $250,000 in marijuana were taken off the streets over the Thanksgiving holiday, thanks to the ongoing efforts by Border Patrol Agents in west Texas.
On the night of November 23, Border Patrol agents performing surveillance duties in Clint-Texas, discovered the footprints of five subjects trespassing through a family-owned orchard. Agents tracked the footprints to a canal north of the international border, where five persons were found lying on the ground. Agents ordered the subjects up and discovered that each one was trying to conceal a large bundle of what appeared to be marijuanna.
The five bundles contained a total of 319.5 pounds of the illicit contraband, valued at $255,600. The subjects were identified as 44-year-old Jose Eduardo Vasquez, 18-year-old Carlos Efren Cervantes-Delarosa, 21-year-old Hugo Chacon-Zapien, 19–year-old Christian Manuel Garcia-Valles and a juvenile, all from Mexico. Records checks revealed the fifth subject was identified as a juvenile, and was voluntarily returned back to Mexico. The remaining four subjects and the illegal drugs were taken into custody by DEA, and are pending prosecution.
This incident demonstrates how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond to areas is making a significant difference in combating the furtherance of illicit drugs into our community, while keeping our nation’s borders safe.
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.