US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol Agents team up to seize over 1,000 pounds of marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
September 10, 2018

MISSION, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents thwarted a smuggling attempt resulting in the seizure of over 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol seize over 1,000 pounds of marijuana
Air and Marine Operations and Border
Patrol seize over 1,000 pounds of
marijuana

Early Friday morning, McAllen agents responded to a report of several subjects loading a white Suburban with bundles of marijuana south of Mission, Texas. As mobile units approached, the driver sped away in an attempt to evade, striking a Border Patrol vehicle in the process. The driver lost control of the vehicle and came to a stop when he drove off a levee road. Afterwards, the driver and passenger attempted to flee the scene but agents apprehended them with the assistance of an Air and Marine Operations air asset. Agents identified the driver and passenger as Mexican juveniles illegally present in the United States.

Inside the Suburban agents discovered 59 bricks of marijuana weighing 1,019 pounds and worth an estimated $815,704.00.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. 

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.

Last modified: 
September 11, 2018