Thursday, September 06, 2012

Border Patrol Agents in South Texas Arrest Murderer, Seize Marijuana Worth $460k, Recover 12 Rifles

Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana, arrested a convicted murderer and seized 12 rifles last week. 

On Wednesday, Carrizo Springs Station agents stopped a 1999 Ford F-250 flat bed work truck, loaded with several large bundles of marijuana and arrested the driver. The bundles were discovered in hidden compartments located under several tool boxes mounted on the flatbed of the truck. The total amount of marijuana seized was 496.3 pounds worth $397,040. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Friday, Uvalde Station agents assisted Zavala County deputies during a traffic stop of a 2002 Dodge truck near La Pryor. During the search of the vehicle, 12 rifles were discovered hidden within the doors of the truck. The case was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Sunday, Eagle Pass Station agents, working along the railroad tracks near Eagle Pass, arrested Aquiles Escobar-Diaz, 46, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. During processing, agents discovered that Escobar-Diaz was previously deported from the United States and that in 1999 Escobar -Diaz was convicted of homicide in Wisconsin and sentenced to five years imprisonment. Escobar-Diaz will be removed from the United States and deported to Honduras.

Also on Sunday, Eagle Pass South Station agents discovered two large military-style duffel bags floating in the Rio Grande River. The bags contained 40 individual bricks of marijuana weighing 84.86 pounds, with an estimated street value of $67, 888. The contraband was turned over to DEA.

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.

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