Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas sector seized two loads of narcotics and a duffle bag containing homemade tire spikes recently.
The last incident occurred Tuesday when agents from the Rio Grande City Station on patrol south of Sullivan City observed a Ford F-150 traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As they followed the truck, the driver of the pickup attempted to evade agents by driving into a garage at an abandoned house. A group of men jumped out of the vehicle and fled into the brush. Inside the pickup the agents found nearly 600 pounds of marijuana and a bag containing homemade spikes.
On Monday agents from the McAllen Border Patrol station noticed a suspicious vehicle south of the levee near Granjeño. As agents approached, about 10 to 12 men carrying bundles ran toward the river. Some of the men dropped their bundles as they fled. A total of 11 bundles, weighing more than 600 pounds, were recovered from the smugglers and the Dodge Stratus. A records check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Mission.
The narcotics from both seizures are valued at close to $1 million and were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"Fortunately these smugglers were stopped before using these homemade spikes. Smugglers do not hesitate to endanger the public when protecting their narcotics," Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre said. "We urge anyone who has information regarding the manufacture or use of these spikes to call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at 956-668-TIPS."
To report suspicious activity, call 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.