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EDINBURG, Texas – On December 23, 2019, Rio Grande City agents conducting line watch operations responded to information regarding a red Dodge pickup truck loading narcotics. Agents observed the vehicle leaving the area and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the driver struck a marked Border Patrol vehicle during his attempt to evade apprehension. The vehicle then came to a stop and the driver absconded. A search of the area for the assailant yielded negative results. In the truck, agents discovered 39 bundles containing 451 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $360K.

The Border Patrol agent involved in vehicular assault was transported to a local hospital by EMS. He suffered minor injuries and was released.

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, agents in an unmarked Border Patrol vehicle observed a white Chevrolet Tahoe loaded with narcotics. Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) troopers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to yield and continued driving. The subjects eventually abandoned the vehicle in a cane field. A search of the area resulted in the arrest of the driver, a United States Citizen, and two Mexican nationals. A search of the vehicle revealed 141 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $112K.  TX DPS took custody of the driver, vehicle, and narcotics. 

This morning, Rio Grande City agents observed six subjects with five bundles of narcotics make landfall on the U.S. Riverbank, south of Garciasville, Texas. Agents apprehended four subjects, all Mexican nationals. A total of five bundles of Marijuana, weighing over 235 pounds and worth an estimated $188K, were seized. All four subjects and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting 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.  

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