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Agents Arrest Backpackers Hauling Marijuana

Release Date: 
August 31, 2010

La Gloria, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station apprehended a group of illegal aliens who were backpacking marijuana.

Monday at about 8:30 a.m., agents began tracking fresh foot sign from a group of people leading north from FM-755, east of La Gloria. The agents tracked the group for about 13 miles before encountering the individuals resting in the brush. The group attempted to flee;

On August 30, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station apprehended a group of illegal aliens backpacking marijuana worth more than $50,000 in brush country north of 755, east of La Gloria, TX

On August 30, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station apprehended a group of illegal aliens backpacking marijuana worth more than $50,000 in brush country north of 755, east of La Gloria, TX

the agents apprehended five adults and four juveniles. Five backpacks containing more than $50,000 worth of marijuana were also seized. The apprehended individuals, two of whom were females, consisted of Nicaraguan, Guatemalan, and Mexican nationals. They were transported to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station for processing and removal to their countries of origin. The juveniles, ranging in age from 12 to 17, said they were forced to carry the backpacks by the smugglers in order to receive food and water.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017