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Over $1M Worth of Marijuana Seized

Release Date: 
June 29, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents interdicted three drug smuggling attempts worth over $1M.

Yesterday afternoon, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station (RGC) agents working near Salineno, Texas, responded to a call regarding suspicious activity near the Rio Grande. Responding agents encountered a group of approximately 20 narcotic smugglers.  The smugglers abandoned 14 bundles of marijuana and were observed going back into Mexico.  The marijuana weighed approximately 1,040 pounds and is valued at more than $835K. 

This morning, RGC All-Terrain Vehicle agents working near Rio Grande City, Texas, observed fresh footprints leading away from the river and into the United States.  Agents followed the footprints and encountered the smugglers, who immediately absconded back toward the river. Agents seized two abandoned bundles of marijuana that weighed over 90 pounds and is worth approximately $73K.

Additionally, agents seized over 200 pounds of marijuana in Brownsville, Texas, yesterday afternoon.

The seized narcotics was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
June 30, 2021