Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize $1 Million Worth of Marijuana
DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,251 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $1,000,800, in recent enforcement activity.
On May 4, Del Rio Station agents spotted five individuals carrying large backpacks on a local ranch. When agents approached the group all of the individuals attempted to abscond to Mexico. After a short foot chase agents were able to arrest three of the individuals. A subsequent search of the area where the agents encountered the group revealed four large sugar sacks. The sugar sacks contained 214 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $171,600. All three individuals and the narcotics were turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing.
On May 13, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station observed five suspected undocumented aliens carrying large backpacks cross the Rio Grande River. When agents approached the subjects and identified themselves as Border Patrol agents, all of the subjects dropped their backpacks and attempted to abscond to Mexico. After a foot chase agents were able to apprehend one of the subjects. A subsequent search of the area revealed three military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 197 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $157,920.
Also on May 13, Eagle Pass North Station agents observed a Ford F-150 pickup. While agents were conducting an immigration inspection on the driver and passenger they discovered six sugar sacks containing 364 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $291,520. The driver and the contraband were turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing.
In three separate incidents, Del Rio Sector agents encountered foot sign along known narcotics smuggling trails. While walking the trails, agents encountered a total of five abandoned military-style duffel bags, and three large cellophane wrapped bundles. The duffel bags and bundles contained a total of 476 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $381,880.
All cases were tuned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, unless otherwise noted.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. For Fiscal Year 2013, the Del Rio Sector has seized over 25,900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $20.8 million dollars.
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.