Conexión Del Rio/ Staff report                                                                                 

DEL RIO – U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station, in coordination with Eagle Pass police officers, seized 15.5 pounds of narcotics, which included black tar heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

“This seizure is a great example of how local and federal agencies work together to better prevent, protect against, and respond to border security threats,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Due to the actions of our agents and our Operation Stonegarden partners, these illegal narcotics no longer pose a threat to our communities.” 

On Oct. 20, an Eagle Pass police officer supporting Operation Stonegarden discovered an abandoned backpack containing 15 bundles of suspected narcotics. Agents took custody of the narcotics and transported them to the Eagle Pass South Station for testing. 

The backpack was determined to contain 11.2 pounds of black tar heroin valued at $157,488.89, 3.2 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $211,920.53, and 1.1 pounds of cocaine valued at $29,937.40. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  

Operation Stonegarden is an enforcement operation between the U.S. Border Patrol and state and local law enforcement agencies, focusing on enhancing law enforcement presence and visibility to deter criminal activity along the United States border. 

 The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.