Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station seized more than 590 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $475,000 over the last two days.
Tuesday morning, agents responded to a report of three subjects loading large backpacks into a van on F.M. 1664 in Quemado.
When agents arrived, the van was leaving the area. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle and agents discovered several bundles containing 196 individually-wrapped packages of marijuana with a total weight of 213 pounds.
Monday afternoon, agents patrolling on foot north of Eagle Pass encountered four subjects sitting on large bundles of marijuana. When the smugglers saw the agents, they ran back toward the Rio Grande River and returned to Mexico, abandoning the contraband. The bundles, which had a total weight of 381 pounds, contained 180 individually-wrapped packages of marijuana.
The marijuana from both seizures 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.