Del Rio, Texas - In five recent separate interceptions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Del Rio Border Patrol agents seized more than 814 pounds of marijuana worth more than $650,000 and two AR-15 assault rifles.
On the afternoon of February 17, Eagle Pass North Station agents approached several subjects hiding near an irrigation canal on an area ranch. As the agents approached them, the subjects absconded across the Rio Grande River into Mexico leaving behind five green military-style duffel bags containing approximately 200 pounds of marijuana worth more than $174,000.
That same day, Del Rio Station agents, working a traffic checkpoint, referred a passenger bus for secondary inspection. Further investigation revealed two abandoned bags of luggage containing more than 80 pounds of marijuana, worth $70,320.
On February 18, Brackettville Station agents performed a vehicle stop on a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban and discovered several bundles containing approximately 380 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana had an approximate street value of $300,000.
On February 20, Eagle Pass North agents working along the Rio Grande River discovered three abandoned green military-style duffel bags hidden in a brushy area. The bags contained nearly 170 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $136,000.
Also on February 20, Uvalde Station agents, patrolling Highway 57, performed a vehicle stop on a 1992 Chevrolet Suburban. A search of the vehicle revealed two AR-15 assault rifles hidden in two different parts of the vehicle. The case was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
All cases, unless otherwise specified, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.