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.
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.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.