DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio sector seized more than 1,050 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $850,025.
Thursday, Feb. 7, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South station encountered foot sign heading north from the Rio Grande River. While following the sign, agents encountered an abandoned military-style duffel bag. The duffel bag contained 70 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $56,008.
Friday, Feb. 8, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South station, working near a local ranch, encountered three abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 201 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $161,360.
Also on Friday, agents assigned to the Uvalde station initiated a vehicle stop on Highway 57 near La Pryor. While talking to the driver, the agent observed several large plastic bags in the back seat of the vehicle. A thorough investigation revealed 118 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $96,640. The driver was arrested.
Monday, Feb. 11, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North station received information that a vehicle had been observed possibly loading illegal narcotics. Agents working in the area located the vehicle and conducted a vehicle stop. As the agents approached, they observed four large military-style duffel bags in the back seat, which contained 225 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $180,161. One subject, the driver, was arrested.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Eagle Pass South agents encountered six abandoned military-style duffel bags on a local ranch. The duffel bags contained 272 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $218,280.
Thursday, Feb. 14, Eagle Pass South agents encountered a group of suspected illegal aliens walking north from the Rio Grande River. When agents approached the group, the subjects attempted to abscond to Mexico. After a thorough search of the area two subjects were found hiding in the brush along with three military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 171 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $137,576. Both subjects were arrested.
All cases 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.