DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,132 pounds of narcotics in recent weeks.
On March 24, Uvalde Station agents seized more than 130 pounds of narcotics when agents conducted a vehicle stop in an area known for human and illegal narcotics smuggling. After a short pursuit, agents were able to apprehend the driver, a U.S. citizen, and two undocumented Mexican nationals in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed three large bundles containing 131 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $104,800.
On March 25, agents from the Carrizo Springs Station were conducting linewatch operations in an area known for human and illegal narcotics smuggling when they encountered nine individuals concealed in the brush with military-style duffel bags. Agents apprehended all nine of the individuals and four military-style duffel bags containing a more than 113 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $90,400. The case was turned over to the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office.
On March 26, Carrizo Springs Station agents conducting highway operations on FM 2644 initiated a vehicle stop on a Ford Explorer after the driver turned around 200 yards before the immigration checkpoint. The vehicle contained 14 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 244 pounds, worth an estimated $195,200. Two U.S. citizens were arrested.
On March 31, agents from the Eagle Pass Station were conducting linewatch operations in an area known for human and illegal narcotics smuggling when they observed several individuals carrying large feed sacks. When agents encountered the individuals, they attempted to abscond. Agents apprehended one individual and 10 bundles containing more than 223 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $178,400.
In several incidents between March 27 and April 4, agents from Del Rio Sector seized more than 420 pounds of abandoned marijuana while patrolling the border, worth more than $336,000.
In all cases, the subjects and marijuana were turned 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. So far during Fiscal Year 2014, which began Oct. 1, 2013, the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seized more than 11,200 pounds of marijuana worth more than $8.9 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.