Del Rio, Texas - Border Patrol agents throughout the Del Rio sector seized more than 900 pounds of marijuana in four separate incidents over a recent three-day period.
Thursday night, June 3, an Eagle Pass North station agent observed fresh foot sign leading away from the Rio Grande River. After tracking the sign a short distance, the agent came upon a thick brushy area where he saw four military duffel bags. The bags contained 239 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $190,000. A search of the immediate area for suspects revealed nothing. The contraband was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The next day, June 4, an agent of the Del Rio station observed a suspicious 1999 GMC Yukon, with two occupants, leaving an empty lot in the Vega Verde subdivision that abuts the Rio Grande River. As the agent pulled over to the side of the road to allow the vehicle to pass, the vehicle suddenly made a U-turn.
The Yukon then pulled into another lot adjacent to the river and the two occupants abandoned the vehicle and beat a hasty retreat to Mexico. Agents found more than 530 pounds of marijuana packed throughout the Yukon. The marijuana, which has an estimated value of more than $424,000, was turned over to the DEA.
Later that evening, Eagle Pass South station agents, assigned to a highway checkpoint, seized more than 71 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value more than $57,000. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the trunk area of a 2007 Dodge Charger while the vehicle was in the primary inspection lane of the checkpoint.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 60 individually-wrapped bundles of marijuana ensconced within the natural voids of the car's trunk, back seat, rear quarter panels, and firewall. The driver, marijuana and the vehicle were turned over to the DEA.
Saturday evening, June 5, Eagle Pass North agents, patrolling near Quemado, Texas, observed six individuals swimming across a large irrigation canal with large duffel bags. As the agents approached the individuals, they abandoned the duffel bags and began to swim back across the canal. Once the swimmers reached the edge of the canal, they got out and began to run toward the Rio Grande River.
Agents were able to apprehend one of the subjects, but five others were able to flee across the Rio Grande River to Mexico. Agents recovered the duffel bags, which contained more than 200 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $181,000. The slow-footed smuggler and the contraband were turned over to the Maverick County sheriff's office.
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.