Illegal Aliens Packing Weed Surge Through the Big Bend


VAN HORN, TX – The number of illegal alien apprehensions continues to climb throughout the Big Bend Sector.  Tuesday, agents apprehended large groups of illegals near Van Horn, TX and seized over 200 pounds of marijuana. 

Agents from the Van Horn Border Patrol Station were successful in making apprehensions across their area of responsibility which added to the increasing number of apprehensions across Big Bend Sector. Disrupting human smuggling events, both large and small, was accomplished by Border Patrol agents due to their knowledge of the land, use of technology and their partnerships with local and state law-enforcement agencies. 

In one instance a large group of almost 50 illegal immigrants were apprehended in the rugged terrain near Van Horn, Texas. Some of the illegal immigrants were wearing camouflage to aid in their efforts to illegally enter the United States. 

Over 200 pounds of marijuana was also seized within the Van Horn area. This seizure ensures the illicit profits do not return to the transnational criminal organizations which continue to victimize countless people for profit. 

“Big Bend Sector agents know the lay of the land and are working strategically to counter the ever-changing tactics used by smugglers,” said Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean McGoffin. “We are dedicated to protecting the sovereignty of the United States and ensuring rule of law. We do not rest!”    

All subjects were processed according to Big Bend Sector protocols for appropriate adjudication. U.S. Customs and Border Protection remains vigilant regarding U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that COVID-19 is not further introduced into the United States. 

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