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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents seize over a ton of narcotics

Release Date: 
May 1, 2017

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – Border Patrol agents prevented more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from entering the United StatesBundles seized after truck ran into the Rio Grande this past weekend.

On Sunday, agents working near Rio Grande City observed a pickup truck driving away from the river at a high rate of speed. When agents responded, the driver sped back south and drove into the river. When agents arrived on scene, the vehicle was partially submerged but 79 bundles weighing 1,350 pounds were seized from the bed of the truck.

A few hours later, agents conducting patrol duties near Los Arrieros, Texas located suspicious footprints leading into a brushy area. Agents followed the footprints and discovered 36 bundles of marijuana, weighing 798 pounds, abandoned in the brush.

Abandoned marijuana bundles in the brushThe two events resulted in 2,148 pounds of narcotics seized with an estimated value of over $1.6 million. No arrests were made in either incident.

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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February 3, 2021