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;
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.