Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $1.5 Million Worth of Marijuana
DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio sector seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $1,467,731.
Monday, Feb. 25, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South station were conducting line watch operations when they encountered foot sign leading away from the Rio Grande River. While searching the area, agents encountered two abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 135 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $108,008.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, agents assigned to the Del Rio station encountered three large sugar sacks and one duffel bag hidden in the brush. A subsequent search turned up a single subject that tried to abscond to Mexico. The sugar sacks and the duffel bag contained 252 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $202,320. The subject and narcotics were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, in two separate incidents, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North station seized 454 pounds of marijuana.
In the first incident, agents patrolling a local ranch located three abandoned military-style duffel bags containing 168 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $134,640.
In the second incident, agents received information that several subjects were seen running away from a white-colored van toward the Rio Grande River near Quemado. Agents located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The van failed to yield for the agents and they requested air support to maintain visual contact of the vehicle. A Department of Public Safety air unit was able to direct agents on the ground to the last known location of the vehicle. Border Patrol agents were able to apprehend two subjects, and located four military-style duffel bags inside the abandoned vehicle. The duffel bags contained 283 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $226,480.
Friday, March 1, Eagle Pass South station agents working on a local ranch, observed foot sign heading north away from the Rio Grande River. After following the foot sign a few hundred feet, agents discovered a single abandoned military-style duffel bag. The duffel bag contained 71 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $56,984.
Sunday, March 3, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North station were performing line watch duties on a local ranch, when they discovered five abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 409 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $327,440.
Sunday March 3, Eagle Pass South station agents were conducting linewatch operations on a ranch near the Rio Grande River, when they observed foot sign leading away from the Rio Grande River. After an extensive search of the area, agents located 23 abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 514 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $411,859.
All cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, unless otherwise noted.
For fiscal year 2013, the Del Rio sector has seized over 15,000 pounds of Marijuana worth an estimated $12 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.