SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – A concerned citizen and a cooperative law enforcement effort led to the seizure of almost 1,300 pounds of marijuana on Sunday night.
The Brownsville Marine Unit of the Office of Air and Marine (OAM)\ along with the Cameron County Park Police and the U.S. Border Patrol responded to a South Padre Island beach when an alarmed citizen reported that a vessel was seen unloading large bundles onto the beach.
A search of the area revealed that the smuggler’s vessel had retreated back into Mexican waters. They had left behind 14 bundles of contraband on the beach which were seized by Marine Interdiction Agents. An additional daylight search of the area by an aircrew from OAM’s McAllen Air and Marine Branch resulted in two more bundles being seized. The 16 bundles of marijuana had a total weight of 1,289 pounds and an estimated value of over $1 million.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the 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.