DEL RIO, TEXAS—Within the past five days, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents seized 300 pounds of marijuana and more than 900 doses of illegal prescription narcotics.
Saturday, March 3, Eagle Pass South Station agents working at a traffic checkpoint referred a vehicle for intensive inspection. Investigation revealed more than 900 hydrocodone pills worth more than $6,300 concealed within luggage in the vehicle. The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office.
Sunday, Eagle Pass Station agents working near the Rio Grande River observed four individuals illegally crossing into the United States carrying large packs. Agents approached the area and performed a thorough search. One subject was found hiding in the brush with 53.3 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $42,640. The subject and marijuana were turned over to MCSO.
On Tuesday, Eagle Pass North Station agents observed several individuals illegally cross the Rio Grande River and load large objects into a sedan. Soon after, agents encountered the sedan parked at a residence with a person standing next to it. While inquiring about the vehicle with the subject, agents observed 251 pounds of marijuana in the open trunk of the sedan. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Wednesday night, around 10 p.m., Eagle Pass South Station agents observed four individuals illegally crossing the Rio Grande River. The subjects were observed carrying large backpacks. As agents approached the area, three of the four were seen absconding into Mexico. Agents apprehended one individual and two military-style backpacks containing 99.8 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $79,840. 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.