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.
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.