DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $800,000.
On Aug. 3, agents from the Eagle Pass Station responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Normandy area. When the agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Lincoln Town Car, the car sped away. After a short pursuit agents were able to apprehend the driver. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed four military-style duffel bags in the back of the vehicle. The duffel bags contained 230 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $184,640.
On Aug. 12, Brackettville Station agents conducted an immigration stop on a Ford F-250. When agents approached the vehicle they observed several large military-style duffel bags in the backseat. The duffel bags contained 206 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $164,960. The subjects and marijuana were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
In several incidents between Aug. 10 and 13, agents from Eagle Pass Station seized 578 pounds of abandoned marijuana worth an estimated $462,000. In all of the seizures, Border Patrol agents encountered foot sign along known narcotics smuggling trails. While walking the trails, agents encountered a total of eight military-style duffel bags.
All cases were tuned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration unless otherwise stated.
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. For fiscal year 2013, the South Texas Corridor has seized over 916,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $735.4 million dollars.
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.