Del Rio, Texas - Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents made three marijuana seizures over the weekend totaling more than 950 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $750,000.
Friday evening, agents working in conjunction with Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas Police and Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine seized more than 418 pounds of marijuana and arrested two subjects near Eagle Pass. Tribal police attempted to stop a vehicle that was spotted leaving an area, near the Rio Grande River, notorious for narcotics and alien smuggling. The driver refused to stop and after a few miles the occupants of the vehicle bailed out on FM 1021 and fled on foot into heavy brush south of Eagle Pass. With the assistance of a CBP helicopter, agents and the tribal police located both occupants of the vehicle and took them into custody.
Sunday morning, a man driving a 1982 Ford F-150 arrived at the immigration checkpoint near Uvalde. He was referred to a secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of contraband. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 63 individually wrapped packages of marijuana hidden in the gas tank. The total weight of the drugs was 69 pounds with an estimated value of $55,000. The driver, a Del Rio resident, and the contraband were turned over to the Uvalde County Sheriff's Office.
Sunday afternoon, agents from the Eagle Pass South Station responded to a report of suspicious activity near the Rio Grande River south of Eagle Pass and observed a Mazda sport utility vehicle leave the area at a high rate of speed. Agents stopped the SUV to check the immigration status of the occupants and observed several large bundles of marijuana in the cargo area. Two juveniles were arrested and turned over to the Department of Public Safety, along with the contraband which had a total weight of 466 pounds and an estimated value of more than $370,000.
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.