Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana and arrested a drug smuggler recently.
Thursday, Carrizo Springs Station agents stopped a 2002 Ford F-250 truck, loaded with several large bundles of marijuana, and arrested the driver. The bundles were discovered in a hidden compartment located inside a diesel tank mounted on the bed of the truck. The total amount of marijuana seized was 646 pounds, with an estimated value of $517,120. The subject and the contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
On Friday, Eagle Pass South Station agents discovered several military-style duffel bags abandoned on a local Eagle Pass ranch. The bags contained 235 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $188,032. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
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.