EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector’s Eagle Pass South Station seized over 53 pounds of methamphetamine in the past week.
“Immigration checkpoints are a critical element in the prevention and detection of drug smuggling,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II. “I am proud of our agents for stopping these criminals from delivering the dangerous narcotics.”
On March 18, agents assigned to the immigration checkpoint on Highway 57 near Eagle Pass, referred a 2005 Ford Explorer for secondary inspection. Further investigation revealed 15.34 pounds of methamphetamine and 4.7 grams of marijuana, with an estimated total street value of $73,096.45.
The driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for investigation.
On March 21, agents assigned to the Highway 57 Checkpoint referred a 2001 Ford Taurus for secondary inspection. Upon further investigation, 29 packages of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $185,430 were discovered inside the vehicle.
The driver, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for investigation along with the narcotics and vehicle. The passenger, a 26-year-old Mexican national, faces prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 8 USC 1325, improper entry by an alien.
Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021, Oct. 1, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents have seized 171 pounds of narcotics.
To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.