RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS—More than $3.2 million worth of marijuana was confiscated by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station in three separate seizures Monday and early this morning.
The largest of the three occurred this morning near Garceño, Texas, when agents saw a marijuana-laden pickup truck near the Rio Grande. Additional agents arrived in the area and used a tire deflation device to disable the vehicle. Once the pickup's tires were deflated the smuggler drove the vehicle for a short distance and jumped out near the river after crashing through a closed gate. Inside the vehicle agents found more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana.
Another large seizure occurred Monday near La Rosita, Texas, when agents encountered several people loading bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck. The agents immediately identified themselves, at which time the smugglers fled into the thick brush - leaving behind more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana.
Finally the third seizure netted more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana Monday near Rio Grande City when agents, once again, encountered smugglers loading narcotics into a vehicle near the river. As the agents approached, the smugglers scattered into the surrounding brush.
The three seizures totaled more than 4,000 pounds. The marijuana was turned over to the appropriate agencies for further investigation.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number 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.