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Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Border Patrol Agents Intercept 1,500 Pounds of Marijuana in Two Incidents in Texas

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio sector seized over 1,500 pounds of marijuana during the last few days. As agents continue to hold the line, their hard work and diligence has paid off with significant arrests and drug seizures.

One of the most significant drug seizures was made by agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North station. Agents were alerted to a spicious activity by a landowner when the caller stated the he had observed a dark color sedan pull off the road along his property. The concerned citizen also witnessed two individuals toss several large duffle bags into the trunk and back seat of the sedan.

Agents responding to the call witnessed a vehicle matching the description headed south on a Texas highway towards Eagle Pass traveling at a high rate of speed. The agents found the sedan, which had been involved in an accident prior to the Border Patrol’s arrival, a short time later. There were no injuries reported as a result of the accident.

Nearly 620 pounds of marijuana valued at over $540,000.00 were discovered in the sedan. The contraband and driver were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a separate drug seizure, Border Patrol agents were alerted to suspicious activity when a pickup truck drove back and forth several times before entering a cemetery. The truck entered and exited the cemetery within a short time-span which heightened the agent’s suspicion.

Based upon their suspicion, the agents performed a vehicle stop for further investigation. As one of the agents approached the truck he immediately observed large burlap sacks in the bed of the truck.

A consensual search of the burlap sacks revealed more than 580 pounds of marijuana valued at over $500,000.00. The agents arrested the driver, two passengers and seized the marijuana. The contraband and occupants were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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