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Drug Smuggling Attempts Continue in Texas, Despite Threats of Rising River

Release Date: 
July 7, 2010

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector continued to make marijuana seizures Tuesday. Agents assigned to the Brownsville, McAllen and Rio Grande City Stations made the most significant seizures.

At about 3 p.m., agents assigned to the Brownsville Station seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana near Alton Gloor after a suspicious minivan accelerated north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. The driver bailed out of the vehicle after he noticed that the agents were following him. He was apprehended after a foot pursuit.

Rio Grande City agents seized 1,056 pounds of marijuana and a green Chevy pickup east of Roma.

In another incident, agents from the McAllen station seized close to 700 pounds of marijuana south of Mission while on foot patrol along the Rio Grande. The agents encountered a group of suspicious men just north of the river. As the agents approached, the men fled. The agents were able to apprehend one man before he made it to the river, but the other men swam to Mexico. Agents discovered eight large bundles, concealed within vegetation, in the immediate area of where the men had stood.

The largest seizure occurred at about 9 a.m. near La Rosita, east of Roma, after Rio Grande City Station agents encountered a green Chevy pickup along the river. When the agents approached the truck, the driver ran from the vehicle and abandoned more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

In total, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents seized more than 1 ton of marijuana with a cumulative value of nearly $2 million within a 24 hour period.

To report suspicious activity, contact 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