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Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize Half a Ton of Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 8, 2012

DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $800,000 in the past week.

Monday, Jan. 30, Eagle Pass South agents working near the Rio Grande River discovered two military-style duffel bags containing more than 112 pounds of marijuana worth over $89,600.

Also on Monday, Eagle Pass North agents observed several individuals walking north from the Rio Grande River carrying large backpacks. When agents identified themselves, the subjects dropped their cargo and absconded to Mexico. A search of the area led to the discovery of three military-style duffel bags containing 170 pounds of marijuana worth $136,000. Tuesday, Jan. 31, agents working near the Rio Grande River encountered four abandoned military-style duffel bags containing more than 230 pounds of marijuana. The contraband has an approximate street value of $190,720, and were turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Friday, Feb. 3, Eagle Pass South agents, working on an area ranch, apprehended a group of undocumented immigrants. A search of the area led to the discovery of two abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained more than 51 pounds of marijuana worth $41,121.

Saturday, Feb. 4, Carrizo Springs agents working a traffic check point referred a vehicle for secondary inspection. Further inspection revealed 251.3 pounds of marijuana worth $201,040 located in various parts of the vehicle.

Sunday, Feb. 5, Eagle Pass North agents apprehended three subjects walking north from the Rio Grande River. A search of the area led to the discovery of two military-style duffel bags containing more than 118 pounds of marijuana worth $94,700. Later that day, Eagle Pass South agents working near the Rio Grande River, discovered an abandoned military-style duffel bag containing 54 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $43,280.

Except where otherwise indicated, all cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017