Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $880,000 and arrested a dangerous criminal in recent days.
Sunday, Nov. 4, Eagle Pass North Station agents, working on a local ranch, discovered three abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 225.6 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $180,480. The contraband was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, Del Rio Station agents observed a GMC sport utility vehicle heading south toward the Vega Verde area. Approximately 40 minutes later the same vehicle was seen heading north. When agents conducted a vehicle stop they noticed several sugar sack bundles in the back of the vehicle. Border Patrol agents arrested the driver and seized 268 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $214,400. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
Saturday, Nov. 10, a Border Patrol agent from the Eagle Pass North Station encountered a subject hiding in the brush. When agents questioned the subject as to his citizenship, he stated he was a Mexican citizen. However, once agents began processing the subject it was determined he was in fact a United States Citizen. Checks revealed the subject is a convicted felon and has six active felony warrants in Texas, and one federal warrant from the United States Marshals Service. The subject was turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office.
Monday, Nov. 12, Eagle Pass North Border Patrol agents conducting linewatch duties on a local ranch, discovered four abandoned military-style duffle bags. The duffel bags revealed a total of 26 bricks of marijuana weighing more than 290 pounds, with an estimated street value of $232,720. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Also on Monday, Brackettville Station agents, working on a local ranch, observed several suspected undocumented aliens running south toward Mexico. A search of the area where the suspects were originally spotted revealed four military-style duffel bags hidden in the brush. The bags contained 315.26 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $253,600.
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.