Border Patrol continues to seize large quantities of marijuana in West Texas

(Courtesy Photo)
(Courtesy Photo)

VAN HORN, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents have seized approximately 800 pounds of marijuana in the last four days, bringing the total for January to over 1,500 pounds for Big Bend Sector.

Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said, “The more narcotics we take off the streets, the safer our communities will be. These seizures highlight our agents’ grit in getting the job done and their commitment to keep communities near and away from the border safe.”

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, agents assigned to the Van Horn Station discovered and seized five large bundles that were fashioned into burlap backpacks. The contents of the backpacks tested positive for marijuana and weighed approximately 280 pounds.

On Monday, January 13, 2020, agents assigned to the Van Horn Station tracked the foot sign of four subjects, resulting in their apprehension and the seizure of two burlap bundles. The bundles tested positive for marijuana and weighed approximately 120 pounds. The four subjects, citizens and nationals of Mexico illegally present in the United States, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for prosecution.

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Van Horn Agents seized seven large burlap bundles abandoned near several small yucca trees. The bundles tested positive for marijuana and weighed approximately 400 pounds.

All seized marijuana was turned over to the DEA.

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 Van Horn Station area of responsibility consists of 31.1 miles of border with Mexico, and approximately 4,965 square miles of terrain. The U.S. Border Patrol is made up of over 19,000 brave men and women who courageously secure our nation’s borders. Help us secure our homeland, find out more at cbp.gov/careers.