Del Rio, Texas - Within a two-hour period, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North station made two drug seizures totaling more than 250 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $206,000.
Monday evening a Border Patrol agent encountered two subjects as they were walking from the Rio Grande River carrying large green military-style duffle bags on their backs. When the subjects were confronted by the agent, they dropped the bags and began to run back toward the river. Agents recovered two bags containing a total of 107 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $86,000. Agents were able to apprehended one of the smugglers. The subject and the narcotics were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Less than two hours later, agents observed three subjects as they were crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico. As the agents watched the subjects, they could see that they were carrying large bundles. After the subjects crossed into the United States, the agents moved in to the area to intercept them. When confronted by agents the subjects abandoned their bundles and fled back across the river to Mexico. Agents recovered three green duffle bags containing 75 packages of marijuana, weighing 150 pounds with an estimated value of $120,000. The marijuana was 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.