Del Rio Sector CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly a Ton of Marijuana
Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 1,926 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1,541,000 in recent days.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Eagle Pass North Station agents, working on a local ranch, discovered four abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 249.5 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $199,600. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Friday, Oct. 19, agents working in the Carrizo Springs area attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a 2000 Chevrolet flatbed truck along with a Pontiac Grand Am heading north along a ranch road.
The Pontiac attempted to prevent the agents from stopping the truck. Agents notified the Dimmit County Sheriff's office for assistance in stopping the truck. The agents conducted a vehicle stop on the Grand Am and, after a short pursuit, the Grand Am came to a stop and the agents detained two female suspects. Meanwhile, Dimmit County Sheriff's deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the truck as it was entering the Carrizo Springs city limits. The truck failed to yield for the deputies and they lost sight of the truck. After a brief search of the area, Border Patrol agents were able to locate the truck, which had driven off the road and hit a tree. Inspection of the vehicle revealed several bundles containing marijuana located throughout the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested by Dimmit County Sheriff's deputies. The bundles contained 836.8 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $669,440. The case was turned over to the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office.
Also on Oct. 19, Eagle Pass North agents, working on a local ranch discovered four abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 273.1 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $218,480.
Monday, Oct. 22, Eagle Pass South agents, working on a local ranch discovered three abandoned military-style duffel bags. The bags contained 113 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $90,096.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, agents working south of Quemado received information of a suspicious vehicle possibly involved in narcotics smuggling. Agents observed a Ford pick-up matching that description. Agents performed a vehicle stop and a quick search revealed six military duffel bags containing 454 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $363,120.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Eagle Pass South Border Patrol agents, working checkpoint duties, arrested a female traveling aboard a local travel van and seized 2.3 lbs of heroin which was concealed on the her body. The contraband had a street value of approximately $73,664.
Unless otherwise specified, all cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.