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Rio Grande Valley Agents Stop an Unusual Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
April 28, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – US Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station had a not so typical encounter involving a motorcycle, a small utility trailer and marijuana bundles floating across the Rio Grande.

Last night, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents seized several bundles of narcotics, along with a motorcycle and an abandoned vehicle associated with the event, near Rio Grande City, Texas. Agents observed the narcotics, the motorcycle, and the small utility trailer being floated across the Rio Grande. When the agents attempted to interdict the smuggling attempt, the subjects swam south into Mexico. The agents seized 4 bundles of marijuana weighing 282 lbs. with an estimated value of $225,752.00.          

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements. 

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.  

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Last modified: 
April 28, 2020