DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,400 pounds of narcotics, valued over $1,341,371 in five different incidents.
“Del Rio Sector agents are committed to securing our border and intercepting the flow of illegal narcotics into the country,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak. “I am extremely proud of our agents for their hard work and dedication protecting our nations’ borders.”
On Aug. 8, at approximately 4 p.m., agents from the Uvalde Station, conducting linewatch operations, encountered a vehicle on Highway 57. Agents activated their emergency equipment in order to conduct and immigration inspection on the occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle stop resulted in the discovery of 6.7 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $214,400. The narcotics, driver and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Aug. 10, at approximately 9 a.m., agents from the Brackettville Station, conducting linewatch operations near Highway 131, encountered foot-sign that led them to six duffel bags that contained 341 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $273,196. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
On Aug. 12, at approximately noon, agents from the Eagle Pass Station, conducting linewatch operations near Quemado encountered a suspicious vehicle. As agents followed the vehicle the driver began driving erratically and abandoned the vehicle in a local field. Further inspection revealed over 335 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $268,720. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
On Aug. 14, at approximately 4 p.m., agents from the Uvalde Station, conducting linewatch operations near FM 481, responded to suspicious activity at a local ranch. Agents arrived at the location and discovered six duffel bags containing 313 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $251,120. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
On Aug. 25, at approximately 10 p.m., agents from the Eagle Pass Border Patrol Station, conducting linewatch operations, followed foot sign in the brush and discovered one subject and seven military-style duffel bags. Further inspection of the bags revealed a total of 417 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $334,160. The subject and 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 $7.5 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.