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Rio Grande Valley agents keep $1 million worth of marijuana off the streets

Release Date: 
May 16, 2017

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Border Patrol agents seized 91 bundles of narcotics after an Air and Marine Operations helicopter witnessed a group of subjects illegally entering the United States.

over $1 million in marijuana siezed near Brownsville, Texas
Over $1 million in marijuana seized
near Brownsville, Texas

It happened on Monday morning near the Rio Grande in Brownsville. As agents arrived, the subjects swam back across the river into Mexico, leaving the bundles of marijuana behind.

Weighing in at more than 1,700 pounds, the narcotics are valued at over a million dollars.

Air and Marine Operations (AMO) employ advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and apply unique skill sets to secure the border region. Aircraft and marine vessels are used to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals in diverse environments like those along the Rio Grande.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021