Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Border Patrol Station seized more than 440 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $350,000 in two separate incidents.
Friday night, agents patrolling near the Cienegas Terrace subdivision observed four subjects exit thick brush carrying what appeared to be backpacks. The subjects dropped the backpacks and began to run toward Mexico when confronted by the Border Patrol agents. The agents were able to apprehend all four subjects and seize the backpacks. Examination of the backpacks revealed that they contained 108 individually wrapped bundles of marijuana with a weight of more than 220 pounds and a value of approximately $176,000. The subjects and contraband were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Early Saturday morning, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Border Patrol Station saw four subjects crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States, about one mile upriver from the International Port of Entry. As the subjects approached the agents, they could see that the subjects were carrying large sugar sacks; sugar sacks are commonly used by smugglers to smuggle narcotics into the U.S. When the smugglers were confronted by the agents, they dropped the sugar sacks and fled toward Mexico. Agents were able to apprehend three of the four subjects as well as the sugar sacks. The sacks were found to contain 220 pounds of marijuana with a value of $176,000. The three smugglers and the contraband 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.