Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize Cocaine, Marijuana
Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents at Eagle Pass seized 25 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $800,000 Thursday.
Just after noon, Eagle Pass South Station agents working at a traffic checkpoint referred a Chrysler Pacifica for secondary inspection. After receiving consent from the driver to search the car, agents found multiple hidden compartments within the vehicle. Trap doors concealed a total of 25.16 pounds of cocaine, worth $805,120. The subject was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the narcotics and the vehicle.
Del Rio Sector agents also seized more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana over the past few days.
On Monday, Eagle Pass North agents, observing traffic near the Rio Grande River, witnessed several individuals carrying large packs to a pickup truck stopped on the highway. Agents were able to apprehend two subjects and 411.6 pounds of marijuana worth $329,304. The subjects, vehicle, and marijuana were turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
On Wednesday, Eagle Pass North agents seized 485 pounds of marijuana in three separate incidents.
- With assistance from a CBP helicopter, agents tracking a group of possibly undocumented immigrants encountered four green military-style duffel bags containing 224.5 pounds of marijuana worth $179,520. The contraband was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
- Shortly after the apprehension of the four duffel bags, agents working in the same area came across another green duffel bag containing 89.5 pounds of marijuana worth $71,600. The marijuana was turned over to the DEA.
- Later in the afternoon, agents received a report of suspicious activity connected to a truck parked on the side of a highway. After spotting a pickup matching the description given in the report, agents performed a vehicle stop and observed three duffel bags in the bed of the truck. The duffel bags contained nearly 171 pounds of marijuana worth more than $136,600. The driver and marijuana were turned over to the Maverick County Sherriff's Office, which coincidentally had an active warrant for the subject.
Thursday morning, Eagle Pass North agents, observing traffic entering a local ranch, observed a suspicious truck exiting the ranch at a high rate of speed. While following the vehicle for further observation, agents received a report that a vehicle matching the one they were following may have been involved in illicit activity on a local ranch. Agents performed a vehicle stop and observed bundles in the cab of the truck. When asked what was in the bundles, the driver admitted to transporting narcotics. Agents seized 415.7 pounds of marijuana worth $332,560, and arrested two subjects, all of which were turned over to the DEA.
Also during the morning hours Thursday, Eagle Pass South agents received a report of three individuals loading bundles into an SUV near the Lucky Eagle Casino. Agents performed a vehicle stop on a vehicle matching the description and, while speaking with the driver, noticed three military-style duffel bags in the passenger compartment. The duffel bags contained nearly 209 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $167,175. The vehicle, subject, and narcotics were turned over to Texas DPS.
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.