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Release Date: 
March 11, 2019

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple smuggling attempts that resulted in the seizure of more than 1000 pounds of narcotics.

Saturday, Rio Grande City agents working near La Rosita, Texas, observed several subjects with narcotic bundles cross the Rio Grande. As agents responded, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and absconded back to Mexico. A search of the area revealed three bundles of marijuana weighing over 173 pounds, worth more than $138K.

This morning, Rio Grande City agents working near La Rosita, Texas, observed a several subjects load bundles of suspected narcotics into a Chevrolet pickup. The vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed, but turned around upon seeing agents. The driver and passenger then bailed out and absconded to Mexico along with several other subjects. A search of the vehicle yielded seven bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 460 pounds, worth an estimated $368K.

In addition, since Friday, agents seized more than 439 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $351K in separate incidents.

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March 11, 2019