Rio Grande Valley aerostat leads Border Patrol to nearly $1M worth of marijuana
LA CASITA, Texas – On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station confiscated over 1,100 pounds of marijuana near La Casita, Texas. The operator of an aerostat, a tethered surveillance balloon, spotted an SUV heading south toward the Rio Grande and alerted agents. Upon arrival to the scene, agents discovered an abandoned SUV and bundles of narcotics. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations pilots observed 14 subjects abscond into Mexico on two rafts. The 13 bundles of marijuana, estimated to be worth $926,813.84, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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