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U.S. Border Patrol Agents seized approximately 400 pounds of marijuana during the first hours of the new year in Van Horn, Texas. On New Year's Day 2020 several individuals were found hauling 400 pounds of marijuana.

Agents from the Big Bend Sector were notified of a group of six individuals that appeared to be illegally present in the United States. Agents responded to an area where they could tactically encounter the individuals to further investigate their immigration status.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, agents along with a service canine approached the individuals, as the agents reached their location the individuals absconded.

A short while later a service canine alerted the agents to six rectangular burlap backpacks. The contents of the backpacks tested positive for marijuana and had a combined weight of approximately 400 pounds.

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Van Horn Agents are continuing to search for all absconded subjects. The narcotics seized were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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.