DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents in Del Rio Sector seized 1,028 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $823,000 in the past two weeks.
On Dec. 21, Del Rio Station agents working at a traffic checkpoint referred a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe for a secondary inspection. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, more than 28 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $22,560 were found hidden in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
On the morning of Dec. 23, Carrizo Springs Station agents observing traffic performed a vehicle stop on a 2006 Ford welding truck. During a search of the vehicle, agents discovered a total of 462 pounds of marijuana worth $369,600. The subject and contraband were turned over to ICE.
On Thursday, Dec. 29, Rocksprings Station agents encountered a stranded motorist driving a 1981 Chevrolet truck pulling a utility trailer on a local highway. While assisting the man, agents discovered a hidden compartment on the floor of the trailer containing more than 436.3 pounds of marijuana worth $349,040. The suspect and narcotics were turned over to ICE.
Also on Thursday, Eagle Pass South agents following footprints leading north from the Rio Grande River found two abandoned duffel bags. The bags contained more than 101 pounds of marijuana worth more than $81,544. The marijuana was turned over to the U.S. 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.