Multiple Marijuana Seizures worth $1.8 MillionPosted on May 8, 2014
On Friday, April 11, 2014, a citizen called in to the U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Eagle Pass Station to report the presence of what appeared to be narcotics stashed near a suburban area. A subsequent search yielded four duffel bags containing 240 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of this find is $192.160.
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Eagle Pass agents witnessed several subjects take off on foot. As the agents approached the ravine from which the subjects had fled, they found four abandoned duffel bags containing 352 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of this find is $281,920.
On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, a group of subjects carrying duffel bags were spotted walking away from the Rio Grand River. When Eagle Pass South agents approached the group, the subjects fled on foot. A brief pursuit followed, ending in the apprehension of one subject and the recovery of five duffel bags. The bags were found to contain 203 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $162,416.
That same day, Eagle Pass South agents also noted footprints leading away from the Rio Grande River. The footprints ultimately led to 2 duffel bags containing 140 pounds of marijuana. A pursuant canine search uncovered 3 subjects hiding nearby. The estimated street value of this find is $112,352.
On Monday, April 28, 2014, Eagle Pass agents followed footprints along Highway 277 to find a single subject with 4 duffel bags of marijuana. This find weighed in at 270 pounds, with an estimated street value of $216,720.
On Friday, May 2, 2014, a Ford F-35- flatbed truck was referred for further inspection by Carrizo Springs agents during a checkpoint on Highway 277. Following a positive canine alert to the presence of narcotics, agents located 770 pounds of marijuana concealed in cellophane-wrapped bundles on the flatbed. This estimated street value of this find is $616,528.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Uvalde Station agents along Highway 57 attempted a vehicle stop near Batesville. The driver took off at a high rate of speed, but lost control and drove into a fence off the road. The vehicle’s driver and passenger then took off on foot. They left 4 duffel bags containing 227 pounds of marijuana behind in the vehicle. The estimated street value of this find is $182,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating all 7 of these cases.