Del Rio, Texas— U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector seized nearly 1,100 pounds of narcotics in recent weeks.
On February 22, agents from the Eagle Pass South Station were conducting linewatch operations in an area known for human and illegal narcotics smuggling when they discovered footprints of several individuals leading away from the Rio Grande River into the United States. After following the footprints, agents encountered three individuals with large green duffel bags, which are commonly used to smuggle illegal narcotics into the United States. Agents apprehended one individual; the others absconded to Mexico. A search of the immediate area revealed a total of three military style duffel bags containing a total of 202 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $161,600. The case was turned over to the Department of Public Safety.
In several incidents, between February 7 and 22, agents from Del Rio Sector seized 896 pounds of abandoned marijuana, worth more than $716,800, while patrolling the border. The contraband was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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 October 1, 2013, the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seized more than 9,300 pounds of marijuana worth more than $7.4 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.