Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize 1,300 lbs of Narcotics
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,300 pounds of narcotics, valued over $1,096,368 in six different incidents.
“The agents of Del Rio Sector work tirelessly to eliminate the flow of illicit narcotics in our country,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak. “I am proud to work alongside the men and women of the United States Border Patrol.”
On Aug. 26, at approximately 11 p.m., agents from the Eagle Pass South Station, conducting linewatch operations, responded to suspicious activity near Eagle Pass. After searching the area on foot, agents discovered several abandoned bundles containing over 209 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $167,440. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Aug. 27, at approximately 5 a.m., an agent from the Eagle Pass Station, conducting linewatch operations on a local ranch encountered foot-sign that led away from the Rio Grande River. The agent followed the foot-sign which resulted in the discovery of an abandoned military-style duffel bag containing 18 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $14,800. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
On Aug. 27, at approximately noon, agents from the Uvalde Station arrived on the scene of a bail out the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office had the previous night on F.M. 481. Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputies were able to seize several military-style duffel-bags containing marijuana but were unable to locate any suspects. Border Patrol agents returned the next day and encountered foot-sign of an individual, leading away from where the vehicle had stopped. Agents followed the foot-sign for some time and encountered three large duffel bags concealed in the brush containing over 214 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $171,808. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
On Aug. 29, at approximately 3 a.m., agents from the Eagle Pass Station, conducting linewatch operations near Highway 57, spotted several individuals jumping a fence nearby. The agents responded to the area and followed the foot-sign down a trail where they discovered five abandoned bundles containing 343 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $274,480. The marijuana was turned over to the DEA.
On Sept. 1, at approximately 4 p.m., agents from the Eagle Pass Border Patrol Station, conducting linewatch operations near Normandy, observed four individuals running toward the Rio Grande River, one of whom had a small bundle. The agents made their way closer and walked to the area where the individuals were observed, and they discovered three abandoned bundles wrapped in black trash bags, containing 192 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $154,320. The marijuana was turned over to the DEA.
On Sept. 21, at approximately 11 p.m., agents from the Eagle Pass Station, conducting linewatch operations near Highway 57, spotted several individuals making their way through a local ranch. Agents made their way closer to the area and began tracking the subjects through the brush, where they encountered six large military-style duffel bags containing 387 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $309,920. The marijuana was turned over to the DEA.
For Fiscal Year 2016, which began on Oct. 1, 2015, the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seized $8.6 million worth of narcotics. The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, 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.
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.