Narcotics and stolen weapons seized at Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Checkpoints
FALFURRIAS, Texas – On Saturday, March 17, 2018, agents recovered two stolen weapons and foiled a smuggling attempt.
Agents assigned to the Sarita Checkpoint were conducting immigration inspections when a Ford Taurus, driven by a United States citizen, approached the primary inspection lane. As agents interacted with the driver, a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 45 pills of ecstasy, some marijuana and two loaded handguns. Record checks on the handguns revealed one of the guns was reported stolen out of Universal City, Texas.
Later that day, Sarita Checkpoint agents referred a Ford Focus, driven by a United States citizen, to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alert. Inside, agents discovered a backpack with trace amounts of marijuana and a loaded handgun. Record checks on the handgun revealed it was stolen in Pasadena, Texas.
Both drivers were arrested. Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the drivers and the stolen property.
In Falfurrias, agents referred a Ford F350 to the secondary inspection area and discovered 50 bundles of cocaine weighing over 130 pounds estimated to be worth $4.1M. The driver was subsequently arrested.
Both the driver and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.
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.