KINGSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $4.6 million worth of cocaine Monday at the
Sarita Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77 North.
The seizure occurred when 2 United States citizens approached the checkpoint in a tractor trailer. During the immigration inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer. Upon further inspection, agents found 59 bundles of cocaine, with a weight of nearly 147 pounds, hidden within a storage area of the trailer. The case was referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Our priority is to keep our communities safe, through hard work and vigilance, our agents stopped this dangerous drug from reaching our streets,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime by reporting suspicious activity to the authorities. One call could prove beneficial in providing leads and intelligence to aid in removing these criminal elements from our communities.
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.