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DPS Assists Border Patrol with Marijuana Seizure

Release Date: 
September 29, 2010

Mission, Texas - With the help of a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station seized more than 530 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $430,000, Wednesday night.

Agents on patrol near Anzalduas County Park seize more than 530 lbs of marijuana with the assistance of DPS Air.

The agents were working near Anzalduas Park in Mission, Texas, when they saw a pickup truck driving toward the entrance of the park with its headlights turned off. The agents called in the suspicious activity and a DPS helicopter responded to the scene to provide air support.

DPS FLIR image of approximately 20 subjects on an inflatable raft retrieving narcotics from a foiled U.S. smuggling attempt.

An observer on the helicopter reported seeing about 20 people cross the Rio Grande into Mexico using an inflatable raft and an aluminum John boat. DPS also reported seeing the subjects on the south side of the river with bundles of what appeared to be narcotics.

Before fleeing to Mexico the smugglers abandoned the truck and 39 bundles of marijuana.

The abandoned vehicle, a Ford F-250, was later discovered to have been reported stolen out of McAllen. Border Patrol agents transported the marijuana and the stolen pickup to the McAllen Station for processing.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017