DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Del Rio Sector seized 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $70,400, and more than 121.2 pounds of marijuana, valued over $96,960 in two separate incidents.
“Del Rio Sector remains steadfast in its fight against narcotics and alien smugglers,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “I commend the work ethic and innovation of our agents that brought about these seizures. Being able to take profit and resources from criminal organizations is a vital step toward their dismantlement.”
On Jan. 25, agents from the Del Rio Border Patrol Station seized over 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $70,400, and over 5.8 pounds of marijuana, worth $4,640, in the same bust. The narcotics were found within a trash can located outside of an abandoned house. The contraband was subsequently turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for disposal.
On Jan. 26, agents from the Eagle Pass Border Patrol Station detected two individuals carrying large, military-style duffel bags through a remote ranch north of the city. Agents followed their footprints until they encountered the packages abandoned within the brush. Once opened, the duffel bags yielded 115.4 pounds of marijuana, valued at $92,320, which was turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration.
For Fiscal Year 2017, which began on Oct. 1, 2016, the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seized more than $4.8 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.