Southern Texas Border Patrol Agents Seize Half-Ton Of Marijuana
Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized more than 1,150 pounds of marijuana Tuesday.
The most noteworthy case involved the seizure of more than 900 pounds of marijuana when an agent, working near Brackettville, spotted a group of 13 people walking through the brush carrying large backpacks. When agents approached the area to investigate, the group dropped the backpacks and scattered. Agents apprehended one subject and seized 12 duffel bags containing marijuana. The rest of the subjects absconded to Mexico. The marijuana has an approximate street value of $723,000. The subject and marijuana were turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration.
- Uvalde Station agents, working at a highway checkpoint, referred a 2006 Ford F-350 pickup for inspection after a service canine alerted to the vehicle. Using a non-intrusive imaging system, agents discovered a hidden compartment within the external auxiliary fuel tank. The compartment contained 72.1 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $57,680. The driver and two passengers were turned over to the Uvalde County Sherriff's Office, along with the marijuana and vehicle.
- Eagle Pass South Station agents, working on a ranch near El Indio, seized nearly 180 pounds of marijuana. While following foot prints leading away from the Rio Grande River, agents apprehended one subject with a large duffel bag filled with marijuana. A search of the immediate area revealed three more duffel bags. The marijuana, valued at $144,000, was turned over to DEA.