Del Rio, Texas - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana being smuggled in a tractor-trailer Thursday morning.
The seizure came in the wake of an all-time high benchmark for marijuana seizures in the Del Rio Sector. During the first six months of fiscal year 2010, which began Oct. 1, 2009, Del Rio agents seized 53,356 pounds of marijuana, the highest amount in the history of the sector. The total eclipsed seizures during the first six months of FY 2009 by more than 27 percent. The record period includes the all-time high Del Rio Sector record for seizures in single month - November 2009, when agents took 14,411 pounds of marijuana out of circulation.
At 6:25 a.m. Thursday, a 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer, arrived at a traffic checkpoint near Eagle Pass. As the 18-wheeler approached the primary inspection area, a service K-9 alerted to the trailer portion of the rig. The driver, a 30-year-old Eagle Pass man, was directed to park in a secondary inspection area, where he agreed to have his load searched.
Upon opening the trailer, agents found several large feed sacks on the floor and a few more atop pallets loaded with auto parts.
Agents seized a total of 389 bricks of marijuana, totaling 829 pounds, with an estimated value of $663,568. The driver, contraband and vehicle 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.