Del Rio, Texas - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents in Del Rio Sector seized 1,010 pounds of marijuana worth more than $800,000 in just over a week.
May 31, Eagle Pass South Station agents, following footprints leading north from the Rio Grande River, encountered five abandoned duffel bags containing 222.8 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana, worth $178,240, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
June 1, Del Rio Station agents working on an area ranch arrested six subjects carrying five sugar sacks containing 378.8 pounds of marijuana. Five adults and the marijuana, worth $303,040, were turned over to the DEA, while a juvenile subject was turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
June 2, Eagle Pass Station agents observed a 2001 Hyundai sedan traveling with bundles openly exposed in the trunk portion of the vehicle. Agents performing a vehicle stop and apprehended the driver. Agents discovered that the vehicle contained five bundles with a total 410 pounds of marijuana worth $328,000. The case was 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.