DEL RIO, TEXAS—In five separate events, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized nearly $850,000 worth of marijuana this week.
On Monday, Eagle Pass South agents working near the Rio Grande River observed foot sign of several subjects leading away from the Rio Grande River, and encountered three abandoned green military-style duffel bags. The bags contained nearly 200 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $158,984.
Also on Monday, Brackettville agents observed two subjects enter into the United States illegally. When the agents identified themselves, the subjects fled back to Mexico, abandoning four green duffel bags containing approximately 243 pounds of marijuana. The illegal contraband has an estimated street value of $194,360.
In another incident on Monday, Eagle Pass North agents working along the Rio Grande River discovered an abandoned green military-style duffel bag hidden in a brushy area. The bag contained approximately 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $47,280.
On Tuesday, Eagle Pass South agents discovered a green duffel bag full of marijuana hidden in the brush near the Rio Grande River. The marijuana weighed approximately 67 pounds, worth more than $53,080.
On Wednesday, Carrizo Springs agents performed a vehicle stop on a 2007 Chevrolet truck. A search of the truck revealed several bundles containing approximately 490 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $390,000.
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.