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Unified Enforcement Effort Nets Significant Seizure

Release Date
Wed, 08/19/2020
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Greg L. Davis, Big Bend Sector Public Affairs, 202-839-1817,

Border Patrol agents and Brewster County Sheriff Deputies worked together to seize marijuana, a handgun, ammunition and a vehicle.


“This seizure exemplifies the outstanding teamwork shared with our law enforcement partners,” said Big Bend Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem. “We work together to keep our communities safe from criminal activity.”


On August 14, 2020, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Alpine Station worked closely with Brewster County Sheriff Deputies and attempted to stop a vehicle suspected of smuggling narcotics. The vehicle refused to stop and eventually ended up in the Rio Grande with the driver absconding into to Mexico.  Left behind in the vehicle was nearly a thousand pounds of marijuana, a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition.


The vehicle and contents were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. 


Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents, patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas.  The Alpine Station’s area of responsibility includes 157 miles of international border with the Republic of Mexico as well as the vast majority of the 6,193 square miles that comprise Brewster County, Texas. With current personnel resources, the primary station activity involves the continuous operation of two highway traffic checkpoints on Highway 118 and Highway 385.


Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021