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RGV Sector Border Patrol Seizes over 1,900 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 25, 2015

Narcotics valued at more than $1.5 million

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station successfully interdicted three narcotics seizures totaling over 1,900 pounds of marijuana on Tuesday, with an estimated value of more than $1.5 million.

Bundles containing 1,266 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents assisted by Office of Air and Marine air interdiction agents near the Rio Grande riverbank in Fronton, Texas

Bundles containing 1,266 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents assisted by Office of Air and Marine air interdiction agents near the Rio Grande riverbank in Fronton, Texas.

The largest of the seizures took place near Fronton, where collaborative efforts among several law enforcement agencies culminated in the seizure of 1,266 pounds of marijuana in a single smuggling attempt. The enforcement action was planned and successfully executed after agents received information of possible illegal activity south of the small border community of Fronton. 

Office of Air and Marine pilots identified the smuggling attempt and relayed the information back to responding agents.  As the agents arrived at the scene, the subjects dropped the bundles and returned back to Mexico.  A search of the area resulted in the discovery of 19 abandoned bundles of marijuana and the arrest of one subject. 

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017