Del Rio, Texas -Over the weekend, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station made three marijuana totaling more than 1,800 pounds, with an estimated street value of nearly $1.5 million.
The largest seizure occurred Saturday morning at around 8 a.m. at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 57. The driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up was referred to a secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of contraband in a trailer he was towing. A total of 464 small bundles of marijuana were hidden in a large spool of black plastic tubing on the trailer. The weight of the drugs was more than 1,300 pounds with an estimated value of $1 million.
Later that evening, agents began tracking foot sign leading away from the Rio Grande River on a ranch south of Eagle Pass and found five large duffle bags hidden in the brush. The bags contained 73 individually wrapped packages of marijuana with a total weight of 276 pounds and an estimated value of more than $220,000.
Around 11:45 p.m. Sunday, agents responded to a report of suspicious subjects crossing Highway 277 near Eagle Pass and discovered six sacks abandoned in some heavy brush. The sacks contained 120 individually wrapped packages of marijuana weighing 249 pounds with an estimated value of nearly $200,000.
The contraband from all three incidents 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.