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Agents Save Man’s Life; Seize more than $6.7 Million Worth of Drugs

Release Date: 
April 22, 2014

EDINBURG, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents saved a man’s life and seized more than $6.7 million worth of narcotics over the past weekend.

The man, who is an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was rescued after he was bitten by a snake and called 911 on Saturday. A Starr County Emergency Services dispatcher informed Rio Grande City Station agents that a man was in distress and provided them with GPS coordinates. Agents and a helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine responded to the area and found the man near Roma. Agents began to perform first aid and called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in McAllen for further treatment.

A large methamphetamine seizure was made at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North on Friday. The bust occurred when a Border Patrol canine alerted to a pickup truck during an immigration inspection. Agents conducted a thorough search of the vehicle and found nearly 86 pounds of meth inside four fire extinguishers in the truck’s toolbox. The meth has an estimated value of more than $2.7 million. 

U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North found nearly 86 pounds of meth inside four fire extinguishers in the truck’s toolbox.In addition to the meth seized over the weekend, agents made several marijuana seizures that totaled more than 5,000 pounds, with an estimated value of of more than $4 million.

The largest marijuana seizure was made in Roma when agents got a tip from a concerned citizen about a stash house Friday. Border Patrol agents, along with officers from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force searched the house and found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana inside.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.