FALCON HEIGHTS, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents (BPAs) assigned to the Rio Grande City Station this week seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in Falcon Heights, Texas. Two subjects were also taken into custody.
The seizure took place on Feb. 17 when Rio Grande City BPAs performing linewatch duties near Salineno, Texas were advised of approximately nine subjects carrying what appeared to be bundles of narcotics. The subjects were then observed loading the bundles into a truck. An Office of Air and Marine (OAM) helicopter was able to assist by maintaining aerial surveillance of the truck as it traveled towards the small community of Falcon Heights.
Once the truck arrived at a house, BPAs along with Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) troopers approached the house and were able to see several bundles of narcotics inside the truck. The driver had abandoned the truck but was quickly apprehended. Another subject inside the house was also taken into custody. Additional bundles were discovered inside the house. Both subjects along with the narcotics and truck were transported to the Rio Grande City Station for further processing. The nine subjects in Salineno absconded back to Mexico.
At the station, the driver was identified as an adult male U.S. citizen. The second subject was identified as an adult Mexican male who had been previously deported. A total of 129 bundles of marijuana were seized weighing 2,918 pounds with an estimated value of $2,339,400.00.
The driver and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Mexican national was processed as a previously deported alien and referred to the Rio Grande Valle Sector Prosecutions Office.
The truck was seized by Border Patrol.
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.