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Pick-up Full of Marijuana Rafted Across the Rio Grande

Release Date: 
June 9, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Border Patrol agents interdicted two drug smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of more than 945 pounds of marijuana.

Yesterday afternoon, Fort Brown Border Patrol Station agents working near Brownville, Texas, observed a Ford Ranger pick-up ferried across the Rio Grande. Once the vehicle made landfall in the U.S., agents along with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers attempted to initiate a vehicle stop, the driver failed to yield.  The vehicle sped toward the Rio Grande where the driver abandoned the truck and swam back to Mexico. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 24 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 565 pounds and valued over $452K. The vehicle and marijuana were turned over to DPS.

Hours later, RGV agents responded to suspected illegal activity near La Rosita, Texas.  As agents arrived to the area, they observed shoe prints leading into the thick brush where several abandoned bundles of marijuana were located concealed under a tarp.  Agents seized 33 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 380 pounds and is worth over $305K. Agents searched the immediate area for individuals, however, none were located.  

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 9, 2021