McAllen, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station disrupted a narcotics smuggling attempt on the Rio Grande River Monday morning.
While on patrol agents observed suspicious individuals by the riverbanks of the Rio Grande, near the U.S. shore. As the agents approached, three bundle-laden inflatable rafts were rowed back to Mexico.
Alongside the rafts, several men were holding onto bundles that were afloat in the river and propelling them toward Mexico. Although it was undetermined if the contraband was narcotics, the bundles appeared to be consistent with the packaging of marijuana and was a considerably large load.
Office of Air and Marine units had responded to assist, however the suspected smugglers and their cargo had already crossed into Mexico.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.
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.