DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents seized over 1,550 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1,200,000 during the last week of the year.
On Dec. 27, Border Patrol agents from Carrizo Springs were patrolling on a ranch, when they noticed abnormalities in the brush. Upon further investigation, three military-style duffle bags were discovered abandoned. The duffle bags contained marijuana that weighed over 129 pounds. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Dec. 28, Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass were working near Normandy when they observed a sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was initiated and the sedan was found to contain five bundles of marijuana that weighed over 357 pounds. The driver, sedan and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Later that evening, agents observed five individuals carrying feed sacks near the Rio Grande River. When agents encountered the subjects, they dropped the feed sacks and attempted to abscond back to Mexico. Agents were able to apprehend two of the subjects. The feed sacks contained over 339 pounds of marijuana. Both subjects and marijuana were turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office.
On Dec. 29, Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass were working near the Rio Grande River when they noticed five subjects carrying large duffle bags. When the smugglers encountered the agents, they dropped the duffle bags and absconded back to Mexico. The large duffle bags contained marijuana bundles weighing over 411 pounds. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Dec. 31, Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass performed a vehicle stop on a sport utility vehicle. The driver attempted to abscond on foot, but was apprehended by agents. The vehicle contained several bundles of marijuana in the rear and cargo areas with a total weight of 320 pounds. The driver, vehicle and marijuana 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.