Rio Grande City, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station seized close to 1.5 tons of marijuana early this morning and last night.
At about 4 a.m., agents on patrol near the community of La Rosita observed a suspicious white minivan traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. When the agents attempted to follow the vehicle the driver sped away. The agents discovered the van abandoned east of Roma, Texas, loaded with more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana.
In an unrelated, but similar incident, agents seized 339 pounds at about 9 a.m. this morning near Fronton, Texas, from a black Chevy Blazer. Agents patrolling the community of Fronton saw the vehicle traveling north from the Rio Grande. Upon seeing the agents, the driver fled to the Roma water plant where he bailed out. He was last seen swimming south to Mexico.
Monday night, just before midnight, Rio Grande City agents seized six large bundles of marijuana weighing 392 pounds from the river's edge after a group of men on a Jon boat were observed unloading the contraband on the U.S. shore.
The combined value of the three seizures exceeds $2 million.
"Drug smugglers appear to have a misconception that our operations are affected by recent floods," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo Aguirre. "They're mistaken, the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol may be pushed farther north by the current river conditions, but our steadfast commitment to patrol our border and keep our communities safe continues."
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.