GARCENO, Texas– Over the weekend, Border Patrol Agents disrupted a large marijuana smuggling attempt.
Sunday evening, Rio Grande City agents working in Garceno, Texas, observed a raft carrying multiple subjects and suspected bundles of marijuana crossing the Rio Grande towards the United States. Shortly after, a Ford Explorer approached the riverbank where the subjects loaded several bundles into the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Agents attempted to stop the vehicle as it departed from the river at a high rate of speed. The driver of the SUV eventually returned towards the river in an effort to avoid arrest. The driver of the SUV exited the vehicle and fled to Mexico along with the other drug smugglers abandoning 9 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 621 pounds and had an estimated street value of over $497K.
The narcotics seized by Border Patrol were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
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.