DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,280 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value topping $1 million in recent weeks.
On Oct. 27, agents from the Eagle Pass South Station were conducting immigration checkpoint operations on Highway 57 when a 2008 Pontiac G6 approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of contraband within the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed a total of 38 packages. The packages contained 44 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $35,848.
On Nov. 8, Eagle Pass South agents were conducting linewatch operations in an area known for human and illegal narcotics smuggling when they observed individuals loading large feed sacks and trash bags into a vehicle. When the agents reached the vehicle, they discovered one individual in the vehicle; the others had absconded to Mexico. A search of the vehicle revealed a total of 34 packages. The packages contained 621 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $497,120.
On Nov. 20, agents from Eagle Pass Station responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Normandy area. When agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Ford F-150, the vehicle sped away. After a short pursuit, agents were able to apprehend the driver. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed five military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 460 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $368,640.
In several incidents between Oct. 25 and Nov. 20, agents from the Del Rio Sector seized 164 pounds of abandoned marijuana worth an estimated $131,520. In all of the seizures, Border Patrol agents encountered a total of 19 bundles while walking known narcotics smuggling trails.
All cases were turned 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 Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seized over 35,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $28 million.
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.