Del Rio Sector Marijuana Seizures Top 1,300 Pounds Over Past Week
Del Rio, Texas - Border Patrol agents assigned to different stations within the Del Rio Sector made seven marijuana seizures totaling 1,325 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $1,060,000.
Friday morning, March 12, agents of the Brackettville Station observed seven subjects exit the brush and begin loading duffle bags into a 2000 Chevrolet Impala that was parked at a rest area on Highway 277. The vehicle departed the area and agents attempted to stop to it. The vehicle made a U-turn and drove under a bridge, where it became stuck in loose rock. The driver bailed out and fled on foot. Agents apprehended him a short distance from his vehicle, along with one of the other subjects. The duffle bags were found to contain 415 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $332,000.
Later that same night, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station observed three subjects walking along a dirt road that leads directly away from the Rio Grande River. The subjects were carrying two large duffle bags of the kind commonly used to transport contraband. After tracking the subjects, agents were able to apprehend one of the smugglers and seize the two duffle bags. The duffle bags were found to contain 133 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $106,400.
Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North and South stations seized 100 pounds of marijuana with a value of $80,000. That same morning, agents of the Del Rio Station made a seizure of 224 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $170,000.
Wednesday evening, Eagle Pass North Station agents stopped a suspicious vehicle traveling on Highway 131 near Eagle Pass. While questioning the driver of the pickup truck, agents could see through the camper window, two green military-style duffle bags in the bed of the pickup truck. A search of the duffle bags revealed 60 bricks of marijuana weighing more than 119 pounds with an estimated value of $95,000.
Less than three hours later, agents on patrol near the Rio Grande River observed two subjects as they were crossing the river from Mexico. As the agents watched the subjects, they could see that one of the subjects was carrying a large duffle bag. After the subjects crossed into the United States, the agents moved into the area to intercept them. When confronted by agents, the subjects abandoned the duffle bag and fled back across the river to Mexico. Agents recovered the bag, which contained 28 packages of marijuana, weighing 56 pounds with an estimated value of $44,000.
A Del Rio Station, agent patrolling near the Rio Grande Thursday, noticed fresh foot sign coming from the river heading in a northerly direction. After tracking the sign, agents came across four large bundles. A search of the area for suspects or additional bundles yielded negative results. The bundles were found to contain more than 278 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $222,400.
The contraband and subjects from all seizures were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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