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Border Patrol seizes nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana over the weekend in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
August 21, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector disrupted five separate narcotic smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of over $770K worth of marijuana.

On Friday, a Border Patrol K-9 Handler and K-9 partner responded to a report of smuggling activity near Brownsville, Texas. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of a single bundle of marijuana. The 45-pound bundle is worth an estimated $36K.

$800,000 in marijuana sitting next to the tire of a US Border Patrol truck
Over the weekend, agents seize almost
$800K in marijuana

On Saturday, agents working near Rio Grande City observed a vehicle departing the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. Mobile units responded and located the vehicle abandoned in a nearby neighborhood. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered over 350 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $284K.

That same day, agents observed several subjects load a Dodge Caravan with bundles of narcotics near Rio Grande City. Mobile units and a helicopter from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded and located the vehicle heading back toward the Rio Grande. Agents observed the driver and several individuals swim back to Mexico. Inside, agents discovered six bundles of marijuana weighing over 440 pounds worth an estimated $350K.

Yesterday, Fort Brown agents responded to a report of several individuals carrying bundles of marijuana near Brownsville, Texas. Agents and DPS Troopers responded to the area, arrested three Mexican nationals, and seized three bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed nearly 130 pounds and is worth an estimated $102K.

Agents turned the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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: 
August 22, 2018