Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize $1.1 Million Worth of Marijuana
DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $1,100,000.
On July 23, agents from the Eagle Pass North Station conducted an immigration stop on a 1996 Ford Explorer. When agents approached the vehicle they observed two large military-style duffel bags in the backseat. The duffel bags contained 193 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $155,040.
On July 24, Eagle Pass Station agents conducting linewatch operations near the Rio Grande River encountered four military-style duffel bags concealed in the brush. The duffel bags contained 224 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $179,280.
On July 24, agents from the Eagle Pass South Station conducted an immigration stop on a 2003 Dodge Durango. When agents approached the vehicle they observed several bundles wrapped in black trash bags in the back of the vehicle. The bundles contained 197 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $158,192.
On July 31, Eagle Pass North Station agents working near Highway 277 observed a Ford F-150, and BMW X3 traveling south. After a short period of time, the agents observed the same vehicles traveling north. As the vehicles passed the agents, the agents observed a tarp concealing unknown objects in the backseat. When agents conducted an immigration stop on the vehicles they observed several black bundles in the backseat. A subsequent search of the vehicles revealed a total of 23 bricks containing a total of 435 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $348,400. The case was turned over to the FBI.
On Aug. 1, agents assigned to the Carrizo Spring Station were conducting immigration checkpoint operations on Farm to Market Road 2644 when a Mitsubishi Galant approached the checkpoint. After agents detected the presence of concealed narcotics in the vehicle a search was completed. This search revealed a total of 158 bundles. The bundles contained 331 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $264,800.
All cases were tuned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration unless otherwise stated.
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 30,500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $24.4 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.