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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents Seized over 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 14, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two smugglers in four separate marijuana smuggling attempts.

Agents seize over $800K in marijuana during several smuggling attempts
Agents seize over $800K in marijuana
during several smuggling attempts

On Wednesday morning, agents working near Roma, Texas, observed several subjects load bundles of narcotics into a Ford Explorer parked near an apartment complex. Responding agents located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The driver, a 31-year-old Mexican woman, initially failed to yield to mobile units, but eventually stopped and agents arrested her. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered five bundles of marijuana weighing over 285 pounds worth an estimated $228K.

Hours later, Fort Brown agents working near Brownsville, Texas, observed a subject climb over the border fence. Agents responded to the area and arrested a 20-year-old Mexican national. A search of the immediate area resulted in the discovery of a single bundle of marijuana weighing over 25 pounds worth an estimated $20K.

On Thursday, agents working near La Rosita, Texas, observed several subjects loading bundles of narcotics into a Land Rover along the Rio Grande. As agents approached, the subjects dropped the bundles and swam back to Mexico. One subject remained in the driver seat of the Land Rover and attempted to drive away. Mobile units located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stopped, abandoned the Land Rover and fled the scene. After searching the vehicle and immediate area, agents recovered 23 bundles of marijuana weighing over 440 pounds worth an estimated $357K.

That evening, agents observed a Chevrolet Silverado leaving the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed near Rio Grande City, Texas. Mobile units responded and located the Silverado abandoned near Los Olmos and Expressway 83. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered five bundles of marijuana weighing over 340 pounds worth an estimated $275K.

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September 14, 2018