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Customs and Border Protection Del Rio Border Patrol Agents Seize $2.2M in Drugs

Release Date: 
November 5, 2012

Del Rio, Texas - Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol agents recently seized more than 1,250 pounds of marijuana and almost three pounds of heroin, worth more than $2,224,000.

On Sunday, October 28, Eagle Pass North Station agents working on a local ranch observed a Red Pontiac Grand Prix traveling on a road known for narcotics and human smuggling at a high rate of speed. The agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on the vehicle for an immigration inspection. The vehicle failed to yield for the Border Patrol agents. The agents contacted the Eagle Pass Police Department and Maverick County Sheriff's office to request assistance with the pursuit. After a short pursuit the vehicle stopped at a local residence, the driver fled into the home in an attempt to avoid apprehension. As the agents approached the vehicle they observed several green military style bags in the backseat of the vehicle, typically used in narcotics smuggling. The subject then exited the home and surrendered to agents. A search of the vehicle revealed 258.7 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $206,960.

As the agents approached the vehicle they observed several green military style bags in the backseat of the vehicle, typically used in narcotics smuggling. A search of the vehicle revealed 258.7 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $206,960.

As the agents approached the vehicle they observed several green military style bags in the backseat of the vehicle, typically used in narcotics smuggling. A search of the vehicle revealed 258.7 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $206,960.

On Tuesday, October 30, Eagle Pass North Station agents, working on a local ranch, observed foot sign of six individuals headed north from the Rio Grande River. After searching a trail notorious for narcotic smuggling, the agents discovered five abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 285.5 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $228,400.

On Tuesday, October 30, Eagle Pass South Border Patrol agents, working checkpoint duties, arrested a female traveling aboard a local travel van and seized 2.94 lbs. of heroin which was concealed on the her body. The contraband had a street value of approximately $1,223,000. The case was turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

On Thursday, October 30, Eagle Pass North Station agents, working on a local ranch, discovered five abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 405.5 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $324,400.

On Thursday, October 30, Eagle Pass North Station agents, working on a local ranch, discovered one abandoned military-style duffel bag. The bags contained 67.1 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $53,680.

On Thursday, October 30, Eagle Pass South Station agents, working on a local ranch, discovered three abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 234.65 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $187,720.

Unless otherwise specified, all cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017