Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol seizes over 300 pounds of marijuana within hours
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to disrupt marijuana smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Tuesday night, Rio Grande City agents working near Garceño, Texas, observed a pickup traveling away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As mobile units arrived to the area, the driver turned around and returned to the river. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled to Mexico. Inside the bed of the pickup, agents discovered three bundles of marijuana weighing more than 210 pounds, worth an estimated $171K.
Early this morning, agents observed four subjects attempting to scale the border wall near Brownsville, Texas. Responding apprehended all four illegal aliens. A search of the immediate area resulted in the discovery of an abandoned bundle of marijuana, weighing over 30 pounds and worth an estimated $26K.
A few hours later, the Fort Brown Station received information regarding a narcotic smuggling attempt in Brownsville, Texas. Agents responded to the area and observed several subjects carrying bundles of marijuana. As the agents approached the group, the smugglers abandoned the narcotics and returned to Mexico. Agents searched the area and seized two bundles of marijuana, weighing over 65 pounds and worth an estimated $52K.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.