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Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents seize nearly $1.3 Million worth of Marijuana in recent weeks

Release Date: 
April 2, 2013

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, seized more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1,292,736.

On Monday, March 18, in two separate incidents, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station seized more than 279 pounds of marijuana worth more than $220,000.

In the first incident, agents were conducting linewatch operations when they observed several subjects carrying large duffel bags. When agents approached, the subjects attempted to abscond to Mexico. While searching the area, agents located one subject and three military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 168 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $134,704.

In the second incident, agents discovered foot sign while patrolling on a local ranch. After following the foot sign, agents discovered three abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 111 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $89,584.

On Tuesday, March 19, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station were patrolling the Rio Grande River near the Quemado boat ramp when they spotted several subjects abandon a raft on the United States side of the river. Upon further inspection of the abandoned raft, agents discovered several hollowed pieces of lumber. The lumber contained 315 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $252,560.

 

Eagle Pass North Station agents near Quemado boat ramp spotted an abandoned raft and discovered several pieces of hollowed lumber containing 315 pounds of marijuana worth $252,560.

Eagle Pass North Station agents near Quemado boat ramp spotted an abandoned raft and discovered several pieces of hollowed lumber containing 315 pounds of marijuana worth $252,560.

On Tuesday, March 26, agents from the Eagle Pass North Station observed several subjects crossing the Rio Grande River and loading what appeared to be a large duffel bag into the back of a Pontiac sedan. As agents approached, they discovered an abandoned vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed one military-style duffel bag containing 57 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $45,840.

Later that day, in the same vicinity, agents observed two subjects carrying what appeared to be large duffel bags. As agents approached the subjects, they absconded to Mexico. An immediate search of the area revealed a single military-style duffel bag. The duffel bag contained 56 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $45,360.

On Wednesday, March 27, Eagle Pass North agents, performing linewatch operations, observed four subjects crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States carrying what appeared to be large bags. When agents approached, the subjects attempted to abscond to Mexico, but were apprehended along with three military-style duffel bags containing 219 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $175,440.

On Thursday, March 28, agents from the Eagle Pass North Station were patrolling on a local ranch when they discovered four abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 224 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $179,760.

On Friday, March 29, Eagle Pass South agents discovered foot sign while patrolling on a local ranch. After following the foot sign, agents discovered four abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 227 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $182,288.

On Saturday, March 30, agents from the Eagle Pass North Station observed four subjects cross the Rio Grande River. Three of the subjects were carrying large military-style duffel bags on their backs. When agents approached, the subjects dropped the duffel bags and absconded to Mexico. The duffel bags contained 234 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $187,200.

All cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

For Fiscal Year 2013, the Del Rio Sector has seized more than 17,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $14 million dollars.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017