Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents in Del Rio Sector seized over 1, 400 pounds of marijuana worth over $1,170,000 in less than one week.
Last Friday, December 16, Eagle Pass South agents observed five subjects walk from the Rio Grande River and load military style duffel bags into the back storage compartment of a 1997 Ford Expedition. When agents approached and identified themselves, the five subjects absconded back into Mexico. Agents performed a vehicle stop and as a result located the duffel bags containing over 412 pounds of marijuana worth more than $330,056. The case was turned over to the Maverick County Sherriff's Department.
Friday night, Brackettville agents observed several subjects traveling north from the Rio Grande River. When agents moved towards the area to investigate, the subjects absconded into Mexico. A thorough search of the area led to the discovery of 235.4 pounds of marijuana worth $188,320. The marijuana was turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Saturday, an Eagle Pass North agent observed several individuals loading large bundles into two vehicles on the side of the road. As the agent approached, the subjects absconded and the two vehicles fled. A search of the area revealed several bundles on the ground. One of the vehicles was found abandoned nearby with more bundles. A total of 296.5 pounds of marijuana worth $237,200 was seized and turned over to the DEA.
The second vehicle was later encountered by Uvalde agents. When agents initiated a vehicle stop, the driver and passenger drove off the rode and absconded. A short time later both subjects were apprehended. A total of 90.8 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $72,640 was recovered and the case was turned over to the Zavala County Sherriff's Department.
Sunday, December 18, Eagle Pass North agents observed four individuals carrying large duffel bags north from the Rio Grande River. When agents identified themselves, the four subjects dropped the duffel bags and absconded back to Mexico. The duffel bags contained 327.9 pounds of marijuana worth over $262,300. The marijuana was turned over to the DEA.
That evening, Eagle Pass South agents seized 33.33 pounds of marijuana while working at a highway checkpoint. The marijuana, worth $26,664, was hidden in a spare tire. The case was turned over to the DEA.
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.