Overall, marijuana seizures throughout Del Rio Sector dropped by nearly 16 percent during FY12, compared to the previous year. A total of 63,484 pounds of marijuana was seized by Del Rio agents during FY12, compared to 75,325 pounds the previous year. In terms of drug value, Del Rio Sector agents seized $53 million worth of drugs in FY12 compared to $74.5 million in FY11.
From the looks of a Texas news release issued today from the U.S. Border Patrol on activity that occurred in the last five days there seems to be no slow down in attempted drug smuggling in the Del Rio sector in Texas. Agents throughout Del Rio sector seized more than 1,050 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $850,025.
A wrap-up of how and where the seizures to place last week is reported as follows:
- Thursday, Feb. 7, Eagle Pass section agents followed foot signs heading north from the Rio Grande River and happened upon an abandoned military-style duffel bag. The duffel bag contained 70 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $56,008.
- Friday, Feb. 8, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South station, working near a local ranch, encountered three abandoned military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 201 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $161,360.
- Friday, Feb. 8, agents assigned to the Uvalde station initiated a vehicle stop on Highway 57 near La Pryor. They observed several large plastic bags in the back seat of the vehicle while talking to the driver. A thorough investigation revealed 118 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $96,640. The driver was arrested.
- Monday, Feb. 11, agents at the Eagle Pass North station received information that a vehicle had been observed possibly loading illegal narcotics. They located the vehicle and conducted a vehicle stop. As the agents approached, they observed four large military-style duffel bags in the back seat, which contained 225 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $180,161. The driver was arrested.
- Tuesday, Feb. 12, Eagle Pass South agents encountered six abandoned military-style duffel bags on a local ranch. The duffel bags contained 272 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $218,280.
- Thursday, Feb. 14, Eagle Pass South agents encountered a group of suspected illegal aliens walking north from the Rio Grande River. When agents approached the group, the subjects attempted to escape to Mexico. After a thorough search of the area two subjects were found hiding in the brush along with three military-style duffel bags. The duffel bags contained 171 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $137,576. Both subjects were arrested.
All cases were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.