DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector, as part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state, and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations, recently seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana over a three-day period. The marijuana had an estimated value of $880,248.
On Thursday, April 4, Eagle Pass North agents performing linewatch operations, observed several subjects crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States carrying what appeared to be large bags. When agents approached, they discovered four abandoned military style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 264.3 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $211,440.
On Friday, April 5, in two separate incidents, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station conducted linewatch operations on local ranches and discovered a total of four abandoned military-style duffel bags and 20 abandoned large feed sacks. The duffel bags and feed sacks contained 693.8 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $555,000.
On Saturday, April 6, in two separate incidents, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station patrolled local ranches and discovered five abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 142.1 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $113,760.
All contraband was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
For Fiscal Year 2013, the Del Rio Sector has seized over 21,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $14 million dollars.
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.