Rio Grande City, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station confiscated more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in two separate seizures.
Last week, agents patrolling the Rio Grande checked an uninhabited house just north of the river near La Grulla after noticing an open door. From the doorway three bundles of what appeared to be narcotics were visible. The agents seized and transported the bundles, consisting of 36 packages, to the Rio Grande City Station where the contents tested positive for marijuana. The drugs were valued at close to $150,000.
In an unrelated case early this morning, near Rio Grande City, agents seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $650,000 after encountering a 1994 Chevrolet Z-71 near the river. The driver abandoned the vehicle when the agents approached.
The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.