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RGV Border Patrol Continues to Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempts

Release Date: 
July 22, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Harlingen agents seize nearly $300K worth of drugs in one hour.

Yesterday afternoon, Harlingen agents on patrol near La Poloma, Texas, observed several subjects running toward the Rio Grande in an area known for illicit activity. As the agents followed the subjects, they located two abandoned bundles of marijuana. Agents secured the bundles and witnessed the suspected smugglers swim to Mexico. The marijuana weighed more than 70 pounds and has an estimated value of $56K.

An hour later, agents working near La Rusias, Texas, observed several fresh shoe prints coming out of a canal near the Rio Grande. Agents followed the prints for a short distance and located four drug smugglers in possession of multiple bundles of marijuana. Agents arrested the men and transported them to the station for processing. The drugs weighed more than 300 pounds, worth an estimated value of $242K.  

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

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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Last modified: 
July 22, 2020