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Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize 1,100 Pounds of Marijuana Worth $880,000

Release Date: 
April 16, 2015

DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $880,000 in four different incidents, in recent weeks.

On April 16 Carrizo Spring Bordr Patrol agents siezed military-style duffel bags contained 223 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $178,792.

On April 16 Carrizo Spring Bordr Patrol agents siezed military-style duffel bags contained 223 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $178,792.

On Feb. 27 at approximately 3 p.m., agents from the Eagle Pass South Station, conducting linewatch operations in an area known for narcotic smuggling, spotted seven subjects carrying military-style duffel bags. As the agents approached the area, the subjects absconded to Mexico. After the search of the area, agents discovered one military-style duffel bag in some brush. The bag contained 82 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $65,704. The marijuana was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

On March 5 at approximately 8 p.m., agents from the Comstock Station, conducting roving patrol operations, observed a pickup truck traveling on Highway 90. Agents attempted to perform an immigration inspection on the occupant of the vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield and drove through a fenceline on Farm Market Road 1024. Agents observed one occupant run out of the vehicle. While securing the vehicle, agents observed several duffel bags inside the bed of the pickup truck and inside on the backseat of the vehicle. The agents seized seven duffel bags containing 348 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $278,560. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.

On March 27 at approximately 8 a.m., agents from the Comstock Station, conducting roving patrol operations, observed a Ford pickup truck traveling on Highway 90. The pickup truck turned onto Highway 163. Agents attempted to perform an immigration inspection on the occupants of the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to yield and drove through a fenceline on Highway 163, hitting a tree. Agents observed two occupants run out of the vehicle.  While securing the vehicle, agents observed several duffel bags inside the bed of the pickup truck and inside on the backseat of the vehicle. The agents seized eight duffel bags containing 450 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $360,400. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.

On April 16 at approximately 1 a.m., agents from the Eagle Pass South Station, conducting linewatch operations in an area known for narcotic smuggling, encountered foot sign leading away from the Rio Grande River. As the agents approached the area they heard movement in the brush, and upon further investigation discovered several large green military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 223 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $178,792. The marijuana was turned over to DEA.

For Fiscal Year 2015, the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seized more than $7.3 million worth of narcotics. 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.

To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017