Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol seizes over $500K worth of marijuana in three separate smuggling attempts
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized over 600 pounds of marijuana in multiple smuggling attempts.
Yesterday afternoon, Weslaco agents observed a Volkswagen sedan driving south of the levee toward the Rio Grande near Donna, Texas. Minutes later, agents observed the same vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed. Mobile units attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Agents stopped the vehicle by successfully deploying a controlled tire deflation device, commonly referred to as “spikes.” As the vehicle came to a stop, the occupants attempted to flee the scene, however, agents apprehended two juvenile subjects. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered several bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 300 pounds worth an estimated $237K.
Shortly after, agents working near La Paloma, Texas, observed an Oldsmobile sedan departing the levee at a high rate of speed. Responding units encountered the vehicle as it was traveling along Military Highway and conducted a vehicle stop. Agents discovered over 260 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $208K and arrested the 41-year-old United States citizen driver.
A few hours later, Fort Brown agents responded to a report of subjects carrying bundles of narcotics near Brownsville, Texas. While searching the area, agents arrested three Mexican national juveniles attempting to smuggle two bundles of marijuana weighing over 90 pounds worth an estimated $73K.
All cases are being referred for prosecution.
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 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.