Border Patrol seizes more than 800 pounds of marijuana in 24 hour period in the Rio Grande Valley
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to disrupt marijuana smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
On Sunday morning, Kingsville agents assigned to train check duties near Sarita, Texas, boarded a rail car after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the cargo. Upon inspection, agents discovered eight duffle bags containing 70 bundles of marijuana weighing over 390 pounds worth an estimated $315K.
Later that afternoon, agents observed a Chevrolet Impala traveling away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed in a desolate area near Donna, Texas. As mobile units approached the vehicle, the driver attempted to evade agents and eventually abandoned the vehicle. Agents arrested the driver after a Border Patrol K-9 successfully located him hiding in the brush nearby. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered 11 bundles of marijuana weighing over 320 pounds worth an estimated $261K.
The following morning, Fort Brown agents observed several subjects carrying bundles of narcotics near Brownsville, Texas. As agents responded, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and fled to Mexico. A search of the immediate area resulted in the arrest of Mexican juvenile and three bundles of marijuana weighing over 100 pounds. The narcotics are worth an estimated $81K.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.