U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana and arrested two convicted sex offenders Monday August 27, 2012, in two separate incidents.
Eagle Pass Station agents working on an area ranch stopped a 1994 Chevrolet pickup loaded with several large bundles in the bed of the vehicle. Agents arrested the United States citizen driver, identified as Ernesto Avila, who attempted to escape, but was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit.
The pickup truck had over 670 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $536,640.
During processing, agents discovered that Avila had been convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child in 2002. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In a separate incident, agents arrested Ruiz-Umana, Feliciano, 71, a legal permanent resident from El Salvador, for entry without inspection. During processing, agents discovered that Ruiz-Umana had a prior conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age in 2000. Ruiz-Umana also has an outstanding warrant in California and will be processed for removal from the country.
Illegal marijuana being smothered across the border has grown into a huge operation. Only two weeks earlier, Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents seized more than 4,112 pounds of marijuana in five cases that occurred over the weekend.
Agents assigned to the Laredo North station are credited with making the larger of the seizures. The case occurred as agents were working at the Interstate Highway 35 checkpoint. Agents performed an immigration inspection on the driver of a tractor-trailer; a Border Patrol canine team detected the possible presence of hidden contraband or people. (CBP news release August 13, 2012)
Agents searched the trailer and found 74 bundles. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 2,116 pounds and an estimated street value of $1,693,280.
Agents patrolling the Hebbronville area seized 747 pounds combined in two separate cases. Both seizures had an estimated street value of $597,600.00.
The last two seizures occurred as agents from the Laredo West Station were patrolling the North West area of town, where they were able to seize 100 bundles combined. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 1,249 pounds and an estimated street value of $1,000,480.
In these two days alone, the total take was approximately $3,828,000 street value. Amazing.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.