Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize more than $1 Million Worth of Marijuana in Recent Days
DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio sector seized more than 1,360 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $1,090,952.
Thursday, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North station were conducting linewatch operations when they spotted three military-style duffel bags on the top of a canal. When agents searched the area they found four additional duffel bags and two subjects. Both of the subjects admitted to carrying the duffel bags across the Rio Grande River a few hours earlier. The bags contained 343 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $274,800.
Also on Thursday, Del Rio station agents observed a Jeep Commander loading suspected narcotics. When the driver of the Jeep spotted Border Patrol agents he attempted to elude them. The driver and passenger were seen trying to hide two large military style-duffel bags under a truck in a nearby parking lot. Before agents could conduct a vehicle stop, the driver pulled over. While agents were interviewing the driver and passenger, the duffel bags were retrieved. The duffel bags contained 121 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $96,800. Both subjects and narcotics were turned over to the Department of Public Safety.
On Friday, Eagle Pass North station agents conducting linewatch operations on local ranch discovered four abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 229 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $183,200. The contraband was turned over to the FBI for processing.
On Tuesday, agents in the Eagle Pass area seized more than half a million dollars worth of marijuana in four separate incidents.
The first seizure occurred after Eagle Pass North station agents received information of a suspicious individual near Normandy. When agents responded to the area they observed several individuals abscond to Mexico. A subsequent search of the area revealed a single military-style duffel bag. The duffel bag contained 70 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $56,000.
Eagle Pass South agents discovered foot sign while patrolling on a local ranch. After following the trail, agents discovered four abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 230 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $184,552.
Agents from the Eagle Pass South station observed two subjects cross the Rio Grande River. Both of the subjects were carrying large military-style duffel bags on their backs. When agents approached, the subjects attempted to abscond to Mexico. After a short foot chase both subjects were arrested. The duffel bags contained 55 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $44,720.
Eagle Pass South agents encountered five abandoned military-style duffel bags on a local ranch. The duffel bags contained 313 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $250,880.
All cases were tuned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, unless otherwise noted.
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 sector has seized over 21,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $16 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.