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Border Patrol and Air and Marine agents and local Law Enforcement seize $1.7million in drugs in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
April 9, 2019

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple smuggling attempts that resulted in the seizure of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.

On Thursday, McAllen agents working near Havana, Texas, responded to a report of several subjects carrying bundles of marijuana north of the Rio Grande. Agents from Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol, along with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers, located six illegal aliens and the seized 20 bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $185K.

On Sunday, Rio Grande City agents working near Fronton, Texas, responded to the report of a narcotic smuggling attempt. Upon arrival, agents located a black Chevrolet Suburban loaded with several bundles of marijuana. As agents searched the area, they observed 10 subjects return to Mexico and arrested two Mexican nationals. Agents seized the suburban and the marijuana, weighing more than 925 pounds and worth an estimated $742K.

 Additionally, in separate incidents over the last few days, Border Patrol agents seized over 23 pounds of cocaine, 33 pounds of marijuana and over 2 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated value of $833K.

Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

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

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Last modified: 
April 9, 2019