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Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents have busy weekend with arrests and seizures

Release Date: 
June 1, 2015

EDINBURG, Texas – In multiple incidents this weekend, Border Patrol Agents throughout the Sector had 8 significant arrests in separate events. Four gang members, three members of the MS-13 gang and one from the 18th Street gang were among those offenders arrested as a result of the vigilant efforts by those Agents in the field.

Bundles of marijuana hid in boxes of lettuce

Bundles of marijuana hid in boxes of lettuce

An additional 4 criminals were arrested with previous convictions for violent crimes ranging from sexual offenses to aggravated homicide.

Furthermore, agents confiscated more than 5,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $4.5 million since Friday. In the largest single seizure, agents from the Falfurrias Station seized 3,579 pounds of marijuana after a K9 alerted to a semi-trailer during primary inspection. Agents discovered 150 bundles of marijuana concealed within boxes of lettuce. The driver was arrested and the narcotics and semi-trailer were seized.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017