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Cocaine and Marijuana seized by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents

Release Date: 
December 19, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas — This past week, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly $2M worth of narcotics in three separate incidents throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Vehicle splashdown in the Harlingen Border Patrol stations AOR
Vehicle splashdown in the Harlingen
Border Patrol stations AOR

On Tuesday, December 12, Falfurrias agents referred a passenger car for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the vehicle. Upon investigation, agents discovered 8 bundles of cocaine, weighing over 20 pounds and worth more than $700K, concealed within the vehicle. The driver was arrested.

On Thursday, December 14, a truck arrived at the Falfurrias Checkpoint for inspection. Upon investigation, agents discovered 10 bundles of cocaine, weighing approximately 25 pounds with an estimated street value of over $800K, concealed inside an ice chest. Two subjects were subsequently arrested.

Over $700K of cocaine seized by Falfurrias agents
Over $700K of cocaine seized by
Falfurrias agents

That same day, Harlingen agents observed a green SUV being loaded with bundles on a river road near Santa Maria, Texas. As agents approached the area, they witnessed the driver attempt to dump the vehicle in the Rio Grande. A total of seven subjects were seen swimming back to Mexico. Eight bundles of marijuana weighing over 500 pounds with an estimated value of $400K were seized.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
December 20, 2017