Del Rio, Texas - Border Patrol agents within the Del Rio Sector made three drug seizures totaling more than 630 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $500,000.
Sunday night, agents of the Eagle Pass South Station encountered footprints leading away from the bank of the Rio Grande River. After following the foot sign a short distance, agents came upon six abandoned duffle bags hidden underneath leaves and branches. The duffle bags were found to contain 340 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $270,000.
Later that same night, agents assigned to the Del Rio Station observed several subjects crossing into the United States from Mexico. Two of the individuals were each carrying a large bundle of the kind commonly used to transport contraband. When agents moved to intercept the subjects, the subjects dropped the bundles and fled. Agents were able to recover the bundles and apprehend the two subjects who were carrying them. The bundles were found to contain 100 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $90,000.
Monday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station spotted five individuals crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States with several bundles. After being confronted by the agents, the smugglers abandoned their load and ran back to Mexico. Agents managed to arrest one of the smugglers and seize the bundles. The bundles contained marijuana weighing 180 pounds with an estimated value of more than $140,000.
The contraband and subjects from all seizures 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.