EDINBURG, Texas – On Wednesday, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $565K worth of narcotics.
Yesterday afternoon, Rio Grande City agents received a call from a concerned citizen advising of suspected illegal activity in an area known for drug smuggling attempts. Upon arrival to the reported location, agents observed several shoe prints on a trail. As agents and a K-9 team followed the shoe prints, they discovered multiple abandoned bundles of marijuana in the brush. The drugs weighed nearly 405 pounds, worth more than $323K. An additional search of the area for the smugglers and drugs yielded negative results.
Additionally, agents working at the Javier Vega, Jr. Checkpoint seized more than seven pounds of cocaine combined in two separate incidents. The cocaine has an estimated value of more than $241K.
Border Patrol processed the cases accordingly.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
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.