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Border Patrol seizes nearly $2.5M Worth of Drugs in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date
Mon, 10/19/2020

EDINBURG, Texas – This weekend, Rio Grande Valley agents seized more than 350 pounds of marijuana, and over 65 pounds of methamphetamine in separate incidents.

Friday night, Harlingen agents working near Los Indios, Texas, received information of several subjects walking away from the Rio Grande and towards the river levee. Agents were dispatched to the area and, upon arrival, they observed the subjects drop the bundles they were carrying, absconding into the thick brush. An intensive search of the area led to the discovery of 377 pounds of marijuana worth more than $301K. An additional search of the area for the smugglers yielded negative results.

The following evening, Falfurrias agents working at the checkpoint referred a black sports utility vehicle for inspection following a K-9 alert. During the inspection, agents discovered more than 65 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside. The narcotics have an estimated value of more than $2.1M dollars. Agents arrested the occupants of the vehicle and escorted them to the checkpoint for processing. Border Patrol turned the case over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Border Patrol processed the cases accordingly.

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.

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Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021