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CBP Pilot, Agents Thwart Smuggling Attempt at Texas Riverfront

Release Date: 
January 7, 2010

Rio Grande City, Texas - A Customs and Border Protection helicopter yesterday led Border Patrol agents to 1,100 pounds of marijuana valued at $880,000. The marijuana apparently was being smuggled by boat to a waiting pickup when spotted near Rio Grande City, Texas.

CBP personnel, helicopter inspect scene of marijuana smuggling attempt.

A CBP helicopter oversees the area where an apparent marijuana smuggling attempt was thwarted.

As the pilot observed several people loading bundles into a vehicle, the subjects fled the area for Mexico. The pilot informed Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents of the location of the vehicle and its contents.

Agents went to the location and discovered a 1999 Chevy pickup with 63 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 1,100 pounds. Agents searched the area for the individuals and any additional narcotics, but had negative results.

The marijuana, with a street value of $880,000, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017